New Year, New You: take control of your diabetes in 2022
The new year offers a fresh start to take charge of your health. Check out these quick tips to get a better handle on your diabetes.
Know your numbers: check your blood sugar twice per day
Once before breakfast, and 2 hours after dinner
Aim for 80-130 in the morning, and below 180 after dinner
Make sure you are taking your medications as prescribed
Daily feet check
Diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet, meaning you might not feel it if you have an injury. Wash AND dry your feet every day and check for blisters, sores, cuts, or redness.
Watch your intake: Focus on low carb, low fat meals
Carbohydrates increase blood sugar. Limit carbs to ¼ of your plate at each meal. Choose carbs that have whole grains and fiber, such as a slice of whole grain bread or a piece of fruit
Get moving: any physical exercise is better than none
Start slow- a 30-minute walk is a great way to ease into exercise. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise/week
Don’t drink your carbs! Many beverages are high in carbohydrates, including fruit juice, milk, beer, mixed drinks, and soda. Drink water, seltzer water, tea, or coffee instead.
If you want to learn more, schedule an appointment with one of our health coaches! Health coaches offer 1:1 appointments that are 100% free! Call 704-792-2242 to schedule an appointment.
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