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Tips to Help You Live Your Life with Diabetes

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If you eat too much and don’t take enough insulin or don’t take your medications at the right time, your sugar levels may be too high. Make sure you understand your plan for when to take medications in connection with your meals.

- Skip sweet drinks: Whether the label says it is sweetened with sugar, with high fructose corn syrup or with sucrose, sweet drinks can make your blood sugar rise quickly. If you have diabetes, avoid sweet drinks unless instructed by your doctor to drink them if your blood sugar is too low.

• Exercise

Your muscles use sugar for energy when you are physically active. So being active can help keep your blood sugar more stable.

Before you start an exercise program, be sure to talk to your doctor and understand how exercise can affect your sugar levels. Your doctor can advise you on what your blood sugar levels should be before and after you exercise, and what time of day to exercise relative to your meals.

When exercising, be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Being dehydrated can affect your blood sugar. Have a snack or glucose source with you when you work out in case your sugar levels drop too low. Also, wear a medical ID and be sure others know that you have diabetes so they can get help if you become sick while exercising.

Step 4) See Your Doctor Regularly

Diabetes is a serious medication condition. You can be your own best advocate when you are aware of your body and your disease. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure about any steps in your plan, or if you don’t feel that your sugar is well controlled.

Also talk to your doctor or pharmacist before adding or changing any medications. Some medications prescribed for another condition can affect your blood sugar. And some over-the-counter medications contain sugar or other sweeteners to mask a bad taste.

Be sure to see your doctor at least twice a year for a routine checkup, even if you don’t think anything is going on. If you have questions about diabetes or how to manage your blood sugar levels, talk to your health care provider.

Reviewed November 17, 2016

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