For most people with diabetes, the A1C goal is less than seven, according to NIDDK. Ask your doctor what your goal should be.
• Blood Pressure
This pair of numbers can help you track how hard your heart is working to push your blood through your blood vessels. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure goal should be.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Some cholesterol is made by your body and other cholesterol comes from the foods you eat. Your body uses cholesterol to stay healthy.
But too much of the wrong kind of cholesterol can plug your blood vessels and make it harder for blood to flow throughout your body. Ask your health care provider what your cholesterol numbers should be.
Step 3) Live With Diabetes
Having a serious health condition can affect the way you live your life. The choices you make can help you stay healthier and in control of your diabetes.
• Food Choices
Because your body has a hard time removing sugar from your blood, you need to give careful thought to the foods you eat. The Mayo Clinic has these suggestions:
- Count carbs: Carbohydrates are the foods that have the biggest impact on your sugar levels. Measuring portions and learning how many carbs are found in different foods can help you plan meals that are healthy and well balanced.
- Balance variety: Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t eat anything you like. But it does mean you need to maintain a balance of starches, fruits and vegetables, proteins and fats.
It is also important to understand that carbs are not all processed the same in your body. Learning to eat “good” carbs like whole grains, fruits and vegetables can help you keep your blood sugar levels stable.
- Plan for meals and medications: Whether you take insulin or medication to help your body produce more insulin, you need to be aware of the timing between your medication and your meals.
If you take insulin but don’t eat, your blood sugar levels can drop.
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