The New Year is a great time to recommit yourself to controlling your diabetes. With the modern conveniences of scheduling and glucose monitoring apps, there’s no excuse to not stay on top of your diabetes. Go ahead and pull out your calendar and set reminders to do the following in 2017:
- Schedule appointments to see your doctor at least twice a year. Make sure you schedule the next appointment while you’re in the office after the first one. Remember, you should have regular visits even if you feel well.
- Schedule an appointment to see a foot specialist at least once in 2017.
- Be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you’re taking in addition to your diabetes medication, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies.
- Review the instructions for every medication you are taking. Set up automatic refills with your pharmacy to ensure you don’t forget to get them filled in a timely manner.
- Follow your schedule for checking your blood sugar. Put alarms on your phone to remind yourself when to check your sugar. Use an app to record your readings.
- Know the numbers that define your health: A1C, cholesterol, triglycerides, microalbumin, and blood pressure.
- Keep moving. Regular, moderate exercise can turn your body into a sugar burning machine. Start slowly — even a leisurely walk around the block is a step in the right direction.
- Take a look at your diet. Are you getting enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains? Are you going easy on fat? See a dietitian if you have any doubts about your meals.
- Have a yearly Dilated Retinal Eye (DRE) exam. Make sure the eye specialist sends the results to your primary doctor.
- Schedule a dental exam twice a year.
- Get a flu shot in the fall.
- Get a renal function test and microalbumin test once during the year.
- Be prepared. Review the warning signs of low blood sugar and other complications. Keep necessary items such as glucose tablets on you at all times.
- Finally, Plan time for Fun. Doing the things you enjoy and trying something new is beneficial to your emotional health and well-being and can help build meaningful community connections that we sometimes lose when we are working hard to manage a chronic condition such as Diabetes.
For more information on trying new things – tune into our Blog in January 2017