Florida Blue Gives Tips for Managing Diabetes

 

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and as we head into one of the biggest “food days” of the year, we wanted to share with you a recent blog from our friends at Florida Blue.

Here are 13 ways to manage your diabetes:

1. Make healthy food choices by eating more fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats, chicken or turkey without the skin, dry peas or beans, whole grains and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.

2. Eat foods with more fiber such as whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta.

3. Keep fish, lean meat and poultry portions to about 3 ounces (or the size of a deck of cards) and bake, broil or grill it.

4. Eat foods that have less fat and salt.

5. Get 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Brisk walking is a great way to move more.

6. Learn ways to cope with stress. Stress can raise your blood glucose (blood sugar). While it’s hard to remove stress from your life, you can learn to handle it.

7. Stop smoking (get help to quit if you need it).

8. Take your prescribed medicines on schedule, even when you feel good.

9. Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, red spots and swelling. Call your health care team right away about any sores that do not go away.

10. Brush your teeth and floss every day to avoid problems with your mouth, teeth or gums.

11. Check your blood glucose (blood sugar) regularly and keep a record of your numbers. Be sure to take this record to your doctor visits.

12. Check your blood pressure regularly (if your doctor advises).

13. Report any changes in your eyesight to your doctor.

 

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