7 Self-Care Strategies for Managing Your Diabetes
Make sure your support group includes at least a few people who make you laugh out loud. Happier people are often healthier people.
Keep a list of your medications in your wallet, along with allergy information, emergency contacts, and health care provider details. Your list will talk for you when you can’t speak for yourself. (Carry a purse or supply case? Toss in some glucose tablets in case of lows!)
To stay motivated, enlist friends or family members to compete in an exercise challenge. See who can log the most steps this week or accumulate the most miles on a stationary bike.
Use a thick plastic container, such as an old laundry detergent bottle, to safely dispose of used needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharps. Take it to a designated drop box or supervised collection site (these vary by state and county) when it’s nearly full.
Plan snacks for trips ahead of time to avoid the extra calories and cost. Healthy, easy-to-pack options include nuts, hard-boiled eggs, low-fat cheese, veggie sticks, and popcorn.
Don’t skip meals as a way of “saving up” for a big dinner. That’ll only set you up for overeating.
Track everything on a diabetes app, such as MySugr. That way, you can see the relationship that food, medication, and physical activity have with your glucose levels.
Sources: Timika Chambers, RN, MSN, CDE, spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators; Kellie Rodriguez, RN, MSN, CDE, director of the Global Diabetes Program at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas; Donna Stevens, DNP, CRNP, CDE, BC-ADM, nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital