Much of the care and treatment of diabetics is determined by the decisions they make, as well as their financial situation. Some patients find it difficult to navigate these decisions, especially if they don’t know what to do or where to start.
The first thing is to understand what diabetes is. It is a disease that prevents the body from producing and/or using insulin the way it is supposed to. Insulin is a hormone used by the body to convert food into the energy needed for our daily lives.
Research has indicated that in the United States alone, approximately 37 million people are affected by insulin. This number continues to increase every day. So how can you use technology to manage diabetes for life? These are the things you should do:
Monitor and control your glucose
Monitoring and testing your blood sugar or glucose level is an important aspect when it comes to managing diabetes. This is because it plays a key role in blood sugar levels and helps you understand your diabetes level.
However, most people are afraid to do this, while others think it hurts to check their glucose levels. Well, technology has given birth to blood sugar meters, also known as glucometers, which have been very effective and easy to use even at home.
These machines require small amounts of blood. You can use fine needles to get the blood. These needles hurt less and you should not be afraid to use them. However, consult a doctor to understand how often you should check your glucose levels.
Get diabetic life insurance
Diabetic life insurance is important, especially when it comes to the financial aspect of managing diabetes for life. But can you get life insurance if you have diabetes? Well, people with moderate or mild diabetes are eligible for term or permanent life insurance.
Using technology, diabetics can compare different options available from different insurance providers. Some websites allow you to compare these options, as well as the cost of insurance. You will be able to evaluate different providers and choose one that meets your requirements.
However, it may cost more or even be challenging for you to obtain life insurance due to your medical history or condition. You may even have to go through a medical exam or some kind of underwriting several times in your life when you get life insurance.
However, the importance of life insurance for diabetes cannot be assured. It helps you financially and your loved ones can be assured of financial security in the event of your death.
Take medications as directed
Most people think that taking medication is the easiest step in managing diabetes. However, this is one of the things that people with diabetes overlook. For example, a patient might argue that he does not have to take medication as long as he has controlled her blood sugar levels.
It is important to note that you also need glucose control medications. It’s also important to note that diabetics take different types of medications, and they all work on different parts of their bodies.
For example, you will have a drug that is supposed to stimulate the pancreas to excrete a large amount of insulin, while other drugs act on muscle and fat cells to ensure that they are sensitive to insulin.
But how can technology help you with medication? Well, diabetics can use digital tools and apps to monitor and alert them when their medication routine is not being followed. They can even set up interactions with their doctors or nurses to ensure they are notified whenever an action is or is not taken. This can help them (doctors/nurses) monitor patients easily.
Control the type of food you eat
As a diabetic, you need to make sure you’re taking the right foods and vitamins to stay healthy. This means that you have to control the foods you eat, understanding what to limit and what else to take every day.
Unfortunately, most diabetics are often confused about the type of diet they are recommended to follow. For example, they may tell you not to eat sugar, limit bad fats while eating good fats, etc.
However, you need to learn how different types of food affect your body and your blood sugar level. To do this, you can consult a dietitian or nutritionist to help you with meal planning. In this way, you will easily control your diabetes for life.
Technology is doing very well when it comes to nutrition. Diabetics can use digital tools to measure the amount of nutrients they take in. For example, if you’re not supposed to eat calories, you can use an app to measure the number of calories in the food you’re eating. This shows how technology can help control the type of food you eat.
Blood sugar (or glucose) is supposed to provide your body with energy. You require energy to exercise. This means that you will use your glucose when you exercise. In addition to lowering glucose, exercise is also important for aiding digestion, improving sleep, reducing stress, improving circulation, and lowering blood pressure.
Most professionals recommend that you exercise for at least 150 minutes each week to maintain and promote a healthy weight. As you can see, this is not a lot of time as you only need 30 minutes every day for five days a week.
Using modern wearable devices interconnected with other devices, you can monitor yourself while exercising. You can even install apps on your mobile devices that tell you how much you’ve exercised and how many calories, for example, you’ve burned. This is made possible by advances in technology.
Diabetes is a serious disease throughout the world. Fortunately, having diabetes does not mean that it is the end of life. With the steps discussed above, you can manage it for life.