Friday, February 3, 2023

Take Control of Your Diabetes: New Year, New Opportunity

The December holidays are behind us, and with the start of this new year comes a new opportunity to take care of our health and adopt healthier habits for our lifestyle. Often, these aspects represent a severe lack of glucose control in people with diabetes, which should not be the case, so it is important to have adequate and adequate education on the subject.

In the opinion of Jacqueline Alcantara, Diabetes Educator at BD Ultra-Fin, “There will always be some reason to celebrate, gatherings with family or friends, but this should not be ‘permission’ to put off our treatment for diabetes. This situation is permanent. , So the discipline and adherence we have to treatment needs to be constant, hence the importance of diabetes education. The more and better I know, the better decisions I will make in my day to day life so that my glucose levels don’t get affected “

The results of the 2021 National Health and Nutrition Survey indicate:

Adults aged 20 years and above who participated in diabetes screening was 9.6%, which is lower than the proportion recorded in ENSANUT 2012 and 2018.
With regard to the prevalence of chronic diseases due to previous medical diagnosis, it was found to be 10.2% for diabetes (25.5% among adults aged 60 and over).

From venous blood samples, the prevalence of diabetes in adults was 15.8%; The survey found the figure to be 5.4%.

Prevention will always be the best course of action in matters of health, and the first thing to do when living with diabetes is to delay complications through adequate control of blood sugar levels, ideally, to the extent that they never occur. Don’t even exist. The most feared and well known complications are loss of vision, kidney damage, diabetic foot etc.

If this represents a change in the glucose levels of diabetic patients at the end of the year, it is necessary to make adjustments to the comprehensive treatment, always under the supervision of the doctor and the team of health professionals. It is not recommended that anyone modify their treatment plan without medical advice or from experts on the subject.

“To better diagnose our condition, it is necessary to take preventive and corrective actions as soon as possible. Thus, the sooner we return to adequate control and the less likely we are to harm our health or have any sequelae “, says Alcantara Huh.

Here are some of Alcantara’s recommendations for resuming proper management of diabetes and thus achieving/maintaining a good quality of life:
· Discuss all my recent activities with my medical team and health professionals, such as Christmas parties, for example, so that they have a clear picture when advising me. Only they will be able to determine whether any medicinal adjustments in eating plan, physical activity, etc. are necessary.
Continue continuous glucose monitoring for informed decision making in everyday situations.
Return to the original eating plan and stick to it, consulting a health professional if adjustments are needed.
Resume the schedule and dosage of medications or insulin applications (which usually go hand in hand with meals).
A correct injection technique includes using ultra-fine and short needles, either a conventional syringe or a pre-filled pen, rotating injection sites and using equipment only once, among other basic points.
Avoid sedentary lifestyle. In general, 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended, but each person has different possibilities and needs, for which experts should be consulted, as overdoing it is also counterproductive.
Continuing education updates knowledge, facilitates earlier approaches, strengthens the patient in his/her self-care, and with it, a better ability to prevent complications and response ability should something happen.

Jacqueline Alcantara concluded: “Starting the year and setting resolutions is a great motivation to take care of our health, whether we live with diabetes or not. When you have diabetes, it’s important to take these actions all year round, all the time.” Must be done with discipline and persistence.It is never too late to get down to business and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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