Self-care or self-management is taking control of your diabetic condition. Having diabetes can be emotionally (and physically) overwhelming. But it can be less stressful if you know about the disease, what complications to look for and expect, and methods to attain your health goals.
There are a myriad of things you need to do each and every day, or in the case of blood sugar levels, multiple times a day, and many of them are no fun. Ultimately when it comes to your diabetes, you are the expert. You know yourself and your lifestyle better than anyone else. You make the majority of the decisions that affect your blood sugar and therefore your health. Every time you follow your nutritional game plan, exercise, check your blood sugar, take your medicine, or call your health-care provider, you are making one of these decisions. Every time you don’t do one of these things, you are making a decision as well.
Once you have a little experience with diabetes, you will begin to learn what management tools and techniques work best for you.There are many good reasons to take action now to manage your diabetes.
- In the short run, you can:
- Feel better
- Stay healthy
- Have more energy
In the long run, you can:
- Reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke
- Reduce your risk for eye, kidney, nerve disease or amputations
- Reduce your risk for periodontal disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer
- Enjoy life more