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Health benefits of managing type 2 diabetes
New Ulm resident John Stovall, 50, has lived with type 2 diabetes for more than 15 years. At first, he had trouble managing his blood sugar — and it led to some unwanted health problems.
Annette Haynes, NP
“My doctor told me that if I wanted to see my daughter graduate, I'd better start taking my diabetes seriously,” said Stovall. “This is the wake-up call I needed.”
With the help of Chris Miller, MD, and the rest of the health care team at the New Ulm Medical Center, Stovall has been able to turn his life around and get a handle on type 2 diabetes. “Now I see my doctor every three months, and we are on the same wavelength,” said Stovall. “I drink diet pop, and I cut out fast food because you are really what you eat. At home, I try to walk everywhere around the farm instead of taking the four-wheeler. If you stay upbeat and take your meds, life’s full of more pleasures.”
At first, a diagnosis of diabetes can feel overwhelming, but working closely with your doctor and making a series of gradual improvements can help you manage the condition, just as it helped Stovall.
“Complications of diabetes develop over time and more quickly if diabetes is not kept under control,” said Annette Haynes, a nurse practitioner and a certified diabetes educator at the New Ulm Medical Center. “The risk of complications can be decreased through good management of diabetes and by controlling blood glucose (sugar).”
Managing Diabetes: General Tips
To help you do just that, Haynes recommends sticking to the following list of “do’s” and “don’t’s”:
When it comes to managing diabetes, exercise is almost as vital as nutrition to your overall health. “Physical activity and exercise can lower your glucose level and help your body use insulin better,” said Haynes.
Take Care of Your Feet
High blood sugar can cause nerve damage and poor blood flow. These conditions can lead to serious problems with the feet. Here are some tips for protecting your feet:
For more information about diabetes, visit our Diabetes Care/Education page at this link.
Source: Health Edition September 2011
Reviewed by: Annette Haynes, NP
First Published: 09/09/2011
Last Reviewed: 09/09/2011