Managing Diabetes

Theo Braddy sits behind his desk at the CILCP offices

Managing Diabetes

Physical Management with Diabetes

  • Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke by:
    • Avoiding tobacco.
    • Keeping your blood pressure at or below 129/79.
    • Asking your doctor about ACE-inhibitors.
    • Making healthy lifestyle choices.
    • Reducing stress and practicing mindfulness.
    • Exercising.
    • Making healthier food choices (without dieting):
      • Eat a variety of foods to make sure your body is getting the vitamins and minerals that it needs.
      • Talk to your dietician to find a meal plan that works well for you.
    • Monitor your blood sugar:
      • When you first wake up in the morning.
      • Before and after meals.
      • Before, during, and after exercising.
      • Whenever you feel a bit off.
    • Getting regular checkups:
      • Come prepared to your appointments with questions to ask your physician.

    Emotional Management with Diabetes

    • If you are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out – relax – those feelings are natural.
    • Talk to family members, friends, or others with diabetes.
      • Having conversations with other individuals who have diabetes can help a person to gain perspective.
    • Avoid trying to face all problems at once but instead address one thing at a time.
      • Focusing on one personal goal at a time increases the likeliness that positive change will happen.
    • Involve others in attempts at behavioral change.
    • Find empowerment in taking responsibility for your diabetes.

The following information has been collected by Living Well With A Disability from various sources to provide individuals who would like to live well with their disability suggestions for obtaining their highest level of physical health and well-being. While we believe this information to be accurate, we make no guarantees. All individuals should consult their personal physician prior to changing their diet or exercise habits, and prior to making any health decisions.

Under no circumstances shall CILCP or its employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages which may result in any way from your use of the information included as part of the Living Well With A Disability website.

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