Living With Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition where the glucose (sugar) level in your body becomes too high. When glucose levels remain elevated over a period of time this can lead to health problems by damaging your heart, kidneys, eyes and feet. One of the first steps to managing diabetes is following a healthy balanced diet. The diabetes portion plate is a great tool to help you set up your plate at a meal and eat proper portions of each food group.
+You may want to try several smaller evenly spaced meals throughout the day to keep your glucose level stable
+Don’t eat all of your food at one time
+If you are going to drink alcohol never have more than 1 drink per day (woman), 2 drinks for a man. Also be careful not to skip meals to have a drink. Alcohol can lead to hypoglycemia shortly after drinking and for up to 24 hours after, closely monitor your glucose during this time.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia:
Hypoglycemia: Sweating, Fatigue, Dizziness, Confusion, Feeling Weak, Blurred Vision, Pallor, Increased Appetite, Higher Heart Rate, and in severe hypoglycemia Convulsions, Loss of Consciousness or Coma
Hyperglycemia: Excessive Thirst, Increased Appetite, Frequent Urination, Weakness/Fatigue, Weight Loss, Blurry Vision