Diabetes is a serious and challenging condition. However, you can do a lot to control it and to keep yourself healthy and comfortable. This is best done with a Care Plan, which can help you address your needs, your blood sugar goals and learn how to manage your condition.
Care Plans cover a wide range of activities to ensure that all your needs receive the proper attention. Plans can vary from patient to patient. However, they generally include:
- An exercise plan
- A meal plan
- A schedule for blood sugar tests and how to conduct them
- A schedule for regular health check-ups
- A schedule for taking medicines
- Various health goals from weight limits to blood pressure levels.
Besides covering all these matters, a Care Plan also must track:
A1C stands for glycated hemoglobin test. It measures your average blood glucose level over the previous two to three months. A consistently high level will require medical attention. A1C is an excellent way to determine your blood sugar levels over time. Generally, a good A1C number to strive for is 6.5 percent or lower. However, your health care advisors will help you determine the best figure for you.
- Blood pressure
Diabetes can affect your blood pressure over time. In short, high levels of blood sugar damage the lining of your arteries, which carry blood away from your heart. Damage to the arterial lining allows fat buildup. This restricts blood flow, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke. Higher blood pressure today indicates a greater risk of heart problems tomorrow.
Cholesterol, a waxy fat-like material, can cling to damage arterial lining, limiting blood flow and leading to heart disease. So, monitoring and reducing cholesterol is vital for heart health.
As noted earlier, diabetes can result in various health problems. By creating and sticking to a Care Plan, you can avoid these issues and enjoy a happy, healthy and active life. If you need help creating a diabetes care plan, visit one of our free outpatient diabetes education classes.