Diabetes is a disease that is usually chronic and will force people to make changes to their lifestyles and routine. The lucky ones will only have to do some light monitoring, take some medication, and watch what they eat. But other people might have to change the activities they can partake in, do things they hate doing every day and rearrange whole parts of their lives. For these people, living with diabetes could feel like hell sometimes, but there are things that anyone can do to make diabetes slightly easier to deal with. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Switch to a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
One of the most annoying and painful parts of being a diabetic is having to test your blood sugar every day through finger-pricking. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics have to prick their fingers, but things are much tougher for people suffering from type 1 diabetes. While doctors will recommend that type 2 diabetics test their blood glucose levels at least once a day, this number can go as high as 10 times per day for a type 1 diabetic.
If you’ve just been diagnosed and don’t feel like pricking yourself or have been pricking yourself for a while and it’s getting tough, we suggest you start looking at continuous glucose monitoring, or CGM systems. If you’re never heard of them, you can learn everything you need to know about them on the Making Diabetes Easier website. It is a great resource for all things related to diabetes and you’ll learn exactly what continuous glucose monitoring systems are. You’ll also learn the pros and cons of the technology, how it works, and who it would be better for.
Use an Insulin Pump
The other inconvenient part of living with diabetes is injecting insulin. Only people who have type 1 diabetes have to deal with this, however. If that’s your case, then know that you also don’t have to use a syringe to get the insulin you need. You can always use an insulin pump instead. There are insulin pumps that will provide a low, or “basal” dose of insulin throughout the day and deliver what is called a “bolus” dose when you need extra insulin around mealtimes. The pump can use information from a self-administered test to determine how much insulin should be released or get a reading from a glucose monitor wirelessly. Doing this will eliminate the need for needles completely.
Start Cooking at Home
You will need to pay very special attention to what you eat, and if you have just been diagnosed and are used to eating out a lot, you might want to consider switching to home-cooked food. This is because restaurant food is full of sugar and bad fats which are all bad news for a diabetic. Cooking from home will allow you to have control over your ingredients and the way they are prepared.
If you don’t feel like you have the time to cook, then maybe you should try meal prepping. This way you’ll only have to cook once or twice a day and have ready-made meals whenever you need them. We also suggest that you put your grill to good use if you have one since grills have large cooking surfaces and grilling is one of the best cooking methods for diabetics.
As you can see, there are plenty of things that you can do to make diabetes at least manageable. We suggest that you also try building a circle with other people who are in the same situation as you.