10 Commandments For Excellent Diabetes Care

Follow these recommendations and you will not only avoid complications of diabetes but you will be healthier than your friends without diabetes.

  • Major monitoring: Make sure your doctor orders hemoglobin A1c tests, lipid profiles, and urine microalbuminuria tests at appropriate intervals
  • Devout dieting: Keep your calories down so your body mass index is between 20 and 25
  • Tenacious testing: Test your blood glucose at least four times daily if you have type 1 and twice daily with type 2 diabetes
  • Enthusiastic exercising: Do 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times a week
  • Lifelong learning: Go to refresher classes on diabetes or read the latest edition of this book.
  • Meticulous medicating: Be sure to take your medication at the right time and in the right amount.
  • Appropriate attitude: Stay positive and keep your humor level high.
  • Preventive planning: Know what you are getting into when you go out to a restaurant or someone.s home to eat.
  • Fastidious footcare: Check your feet regularly for damage and use skin lubricants to keep them soft and moist.
  • Essential eye care: See the optometrist or ophthalmologist at least once a year to have your eyes checked.

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