Did you know…November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

Start with this checklist when managing pre-diabetes.

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Prioritize regular doctor visits, aiming for at least one health check-up annually. Additionally, consider the following suggestions to improve your overall well-being.

Beware of delicious sugar drinks! It is an easy habit to form without realizing it.

Sugar-sweetened drinks are a huge source of added sugars and calories in our diet. Not only will you notice weight loss, but your teeth will thank you!

  • Choose smaller-sized sodas and sweetened coffees instead of extra-large and large ones.
  • Measure or count the creamers and sugars added to coffee and teas.
  • Add plenty of ice to soda to dilute the sugar content.
  • Switch to diet soda for a sugar-free alternative.

Monitor glucose levels with an expert eye at least four times per day.

  • 80mg/dl to 130mg/dL are normal levels for waking up in the morning and before all meals.
  • Aim for less than 180mg/dL two hours from the start of a meal.
  • Try for equal to or less than 100mg/dL at bedtime.

HbA1c (A1c) Blood Sugar Test is Crucial for Managing Diabetes

For type 2 diabetics, the HbA1c (A1c) blood sugar test is a top priority. This lab test measures average blood glucose levels for the previous two to three months, making it an essential tool for managing diabetes.

  • 5.7 or less is a healthy level.
  • 5.7 to 6.4 is prediabetes.
  • 6.5 or higher is diabetes.

Give feet the extra attention they deserve.

  • Dry feet and between toes thoroughly after showering and water sports.
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting socks and shoes.
  • Inspect feet regularly for any unusual cuts or sores. Keep toenails clipped evenly and snag-free.

Managing diabetes for optimal eye health.

Eye health is critical when it comes to diabetes care. It is so important to heed the advice of your eye doctor and follow through with all recommendations.

Let this November be the start of a diabetes path not only this month but for all times to come.

Thank you for reading. :-)

Disclaimer.

The author is not responsible or liable for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information that you may obtain through these articles. The food and nutrition articles are for informational purposes only. After reading articles, watching videos, or other content, you are strongly encouraged to review the information carefully with your professional healthcare provider.

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Cook for Today

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with a culinary arts degree. Food and nutrition freelance writer "back to the basics!”