Diabetes, for individuals, is a chronic disease that requires continuing medical care and education.
Diabetes rates in Northern Ontario are now known to be amongst the highest in the world. The diabetes epidemic in Northern Ontario is just beginning. Complications can take 10 to 15 years to appear. Complications could include:
- loss of vision
- nerve damage including foot problems and impotency
- kidney disease
- heart disease
People with diabetes can expect to live active, independent and vital lives if they make a lifelong commitment to careful management of the disease.
By managing your diabetes, you can lessen your risk of heart disease and all the of the complications. Living with Diabetes means living a healthy lifestyle!
Follow these tips to manage your diabetes!
Regular exercise helps your body lower blood sugars, promote weight loss, reduce stress and enhance overall fitness.
- Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important in the control of Type 2 Diabetes.
- Take Medication if Needed
Type 1 Diabetes always requires daily injections of insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is controlled through exercise and meal planning and may require medications and/or insulin to assist the body in making or using insulin more effectively.
- Lifestyle Management
Learning to reduce stress levels in day-to-day life can help people with diabetes better manage their disease.
- Eat a Healthy Diet
What, when and how much you eat plays an important role in regulating how well your body manages blood sugar levels.
All people with diabetes need to learn about their condition in order to make healthy lifestyle choices and manage their diabetes.