Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires lifelong management. People
with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes work closely with their doctors to
keep their blood glucose levels under control with medications and lifestyle
modifications. By carefully management diabetes, you can reduce the risk
of complications that require
emergency care and that can even be life-threatening. Take these steps to manage your
chances of experiencing diabetes complications.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Keeping your weight under control is one of the best things you can do
for your diabetes. Excess weight impacts the way your body uses insulin
and increases your risk of other
diabetes complications, like heart disease and stroke. For people with type 2 diabetes, losing
weight can even reduce the need for medication. Choose lean meats, fruits,
vegetables, and small amounts of high-fiber, whole grain carbs, and avoid
high-fat, high-sugar food choices. Aim to get 30 minutes of physical activity
each day. Even a brisk daily walk can help you manage your weight and
keep your diabetes problems under control.
Follow Your Care Plan
Stick to the care plan your doctor has created for you, including taking
your medications as directed and testing your blood glucose frequently.
Regular blood glucose checks help you identify patterns in blood glucose
levels and allow you to catch dangerous blood glucose swings that could
require emergency care, such as rapidly rising blood glucose that could
lead to a medical emergency called diabetic ketoacidosis.
See Your Doctor Regularly
If you have diabetes, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers
the comprehensive care you need, including emergency care in West Hills
and ongoing management from our specialists. You can find out more about
our services and request a physician referral by calling (818) 676-4321.
Your doctor is your partner in managing your diabetes, and you should
have regular appointments to allow him or her to monitor the success of
your treatment and to make any necessary changes to give you the best
possible control of your illness. Your doctor will also monitor your symptoms
of complications, such as neuropathy, vision problems, kidney problems,
and skin infections.