Diabetes is one of the top ten leading causes of death in our world today. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF 2019) figures, approximately 463 million people in our world today are living with diabetes. This number is expected to climb to a whopping 700 million by 2045.
Because of the nature of this disease and its ability to affect almost every organ in our body, it becomes crucial that persons with diabetes are equipped with the skills they need to understand this disease and make the daily and momentarily decisions necessary to keep the blood sugar at target level at least most of the time.
The challenge, however, is that a lot of persons with diabetes have challenges achieving this target even though they may be taking medication prescribed by the doctor religiously. The question then remains, what is the reason for this? Why aren’t these medications “not working”? Here are the 4 reasons why your blood sugar remains high: And how to manage it.
A lot of people take their medication and go on eating the same way they ate before diabetes. Remember these were the same foods that contributed to you having diabetes in the first place so there will be a need to address what you eat and how much of what you eat.
Other persons may make changes but still do not understand that some of the things they still eat do contain carbohydrates and will contribute to a spike in blood sugar. Not because it isn’t sweet it doesn’t add sugar to your body.
In order to benefit from your medication, you need to understand how it works. The medication is taken to work on carbohydrates in the food you eat, therefore, you need to understand how it works so that you can have your meals when the medication is working at its best. The medication will not be effective if your meals do not fall at the time it is working at its best. The actions of both medications and meals must coincide with each other if there is to be any success at managing.
Most persons with diabetes get very little or no exercise or physical activity. Physical activity and exercise cause your muscles to move which helps insulin to do its work of breaking down the amount of sugar in your blood. Aiming for a target of at least 30 minutes of exercise for 5 days a week will go a long way in helping to keep that blood sugar at the target range.
Stress is known to be a significant contributor to spikes in blood sugar. While we may not be able to get rid of stress, learning to cope with stress is a skill that will also help in achieving and maintaining your goals for diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition that you have to be dealing with every moment of your life, therefore, it is crucial that you know what decisions to make at the time you need to make them in order to avoid the complications that are associated with diabetes. It’s fair enough as you have known the 4 reasons why your blood sugar remain high, but how can you better manage it?
While you may trust your doctor to give you the guidance you need to do this, it may not be realistic as the time spent with your doctor is just not enough to address all of these issues.
That’s where the diabetes educator comes in. We are trained to equip you with these skills you need so that you are more confident in the management of your diabetes and with that are able to realistically achieve the target numbers you expect.
Learn more about our Diabetes Counseling and Support Program that will be geared towards increasing your chances of living a happy and healthy life.