Wellness Tips for Managing Diabetes

How to take charge and stay healthy.

Andrea Markowitz, Ph.D.

HealthyKey.com contributor

November 9, 2009


Diabetes is a serious chronic illness that can lead to heart attack, stroke, eye, nerve and kidney disease, limb amputation and other complications. So take charge and stay healthy.

Why It's Important to Manage Your Diabetes

You will be a diabetic for the rest of your life. Your body will never properly produce or use insulin, the hormone that converts sugar, starches and other foods into glucose (blood sugar), which serves as a main source of your body's fuel. Instead of entering your cells like it should, glucose builds up in your blood and you secrete it through your urine, losing the fuel your body needs for energy.

But managing your diabetes helps your body digest and metabolize glucose properly so you get the energy you need to function properly and stay healthy.

Monitor your blood glucose There are two blood glucose-monitoring tools you should use.

Discipline yourself to follow a healthy lifestyle Managing your diabetes takes willpower. Put your health needs before anything else. Your new healthy lifestyle will become routine before you know it. Take your diabetes seriously Diabetes won't go away. If you don't monitor your blood sugar and follow a healthy lifestyle you'll exacerbate your condition and pile on additional medical complications. It's up to you to manage your diabetes so your diabetes doesn't manage you.