Diabetic symptoms can affect a person’s attention span and mental capacity. Meaning they are more likely to be absent from work or on sick leave than those without it. It also puts them at risk for other serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure. A great way to help people who are living with diabetes is by providing education around the disease and healthy eating tips that can lower blood sugar levels as much as possible – this ensures a constant energy boost whenever you need it most.
How to take care of yourself in case of emergencies
A diabetic emergency can happen at any time. It is important to know how to take action if it does arise; so you do not have an even more difficult situation on your hands in the future.
- A diabetes medical kit is a helpful item for those living with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. It should ideally include insulin, syringes (or pen injectors), urine strips test kits as well as a bottle of water when traveling.
- When experiencing low blood sugar levels, be sure not to eat anything that contains high carbs like; candy bars.
Trying to stay healthy as a diabetic can be challenging, remember these tips
1) Check your blood sugar level before starting work.
2) Get enough sleep the night before so you won’t feel sleepy at work and neglect to take care of yourself or eat when needed.
3) If possible, find a time during your day that is low-key for taking breaks to drink water and snack on something small.
4) Try to avoid eating out too often as restaurants use ingredients with a high glycemic index. These can cause diabetes-related complications such as organ damage over time and may increase your risk of developing heart disease or strokes in the future.
A healthy diet can help you control your blood sugar and reduce the risk of developing complications. A person living with diabetes does not need special products; all they really should do is eat enough vegetables each day to stay healthy in both mind and body throughout their lives.
Here are a few tips
- Eat high fiber foods – fiber helps you maintain steady blood sugar levels by slowing down how quickly food is digested. If your diet lacks fiber, increase the amount of high-fiber whole-grain foods eaten each day and include at least five servings from vegetables or fruit plus legumes such as beans, peas, lentils, or soya.
- Limit added sugars – sugars such as sweets, chocolates, fruit juices, or sweetened soft drinks, especially if your blood triglycerides are high. Artificial sweeteners can be used instead of sugar and are safe when used in moderate amounts.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet – in addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight, eating small meals throughout the day will help regulate your blood sugar levels.
- Drink alcohol sparingly – alcohol can affect blood sugar levels and should be consumed with food to prevent hypoglycaemia. Those who choose to drink alcohol should do so in moderation, which equates to no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.
- Cut down on sodium and salt – a high salt intake can be linked to many health problems. Reduce or eliminate the salt added to your food during cooking and at the table. Use fresh or dried herbs, spices, garlic, or lemon juice to add flavour without adding extra salt.
Choose healthier fats
Cut down on unhealthy fats – such as saturated and trans fats that can raise blood cholesterol levels. These can be found in foods such as; fatty and processed meats, chicken skin, fast foods, butter, cream, pastries, and hard cheeses.
Replace unhealthy fats with healthy fats. Good fats such as mono and polyunsaturated fats found in sunflower, canola, or olive oil, soft tub margarine, peanut butter, nuts and seeds, avocado, and fish.
Choose foods high in Omega 3. Fatty fish are a heart-healthy alternative to red meat and can help improve cholesterol levels. Salmon, sardines, or pilchard should be eaten at least twice per week for best results.
Portion with caution
– For every two calories you consume, one should come from protein. The other twenty-five percent would be vegetables such as all non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, or carrots.
– A quarter of your plate should be made up primarily of fiber rich carbohydrates. Such as whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, sweet potato, and butternut.
– A quarter of your plate should be made up of lean protein such as grilled skinless chicken, fish, or mince. For those who would like to increase their intake of this vital nutrient-rich food group, ostrich meat would also be a great option.