5 Everyday Ways to Manage Diabetes

The best way to control your diabetes is to take charge of your blood sugar every day. Get started with these simple tips. 

Maria Lissandrello
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Sometimes it’s the little everyday things that count most when it comes to managing your diabetes. Here, we take a look at a few simple ways you can take charge of your blood sugar today.

  1. Make over your mac ’n cheese 
    Add shredded rotisserie chicken or chunky veggies (like broccoli or cauliflower), about equal in volume to the amount of pasta, to your casserole for a helping of comfort food that’s about a third lower in carbs but just as satisfying.
  2. Make foot exams easy
    It can be tough to check the soles of your feet for wounds and other skin problems that can open the door to infection. To the rescue: a self-exam telescoping mirror that lets you see everything without having to bend, twist or turn. Just search online for “self-exam telescoping mirror.”
  3. Get rid of “bad-reading guilt”
    In­stead of chastising yourself for an unfavorable blood sugar reading, try asking, “Why did I get it?” Was it more/fewer carbs than usual? A poor portion guesstimate? Using the reading as a learning opportunity can lead you toward improved blood sugar control.
  4. Nix holiday binges
    Simply cut up your food before eating it. Your brain will register it as a bigger portion, helping you derive greater satisfaction than from a single large serving.
  5. Outsmart “No outside food allowed” rules
    What do you do when you’re caught with a supply of snacks as you head into a no-food zone, like a movie theater? Offer a scientific explanation. Say, “I have type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas doesn’t provide enough insulin. To stay healthy, I must follow a careful diet.” Chances are, you’ll be able to hold on to your snack stash. 
April 2013