Saturday, February 4, 2023

The challenge of managing diabetes after the holidays

The December festivities were accompanied by the abundant dishes that are part of the festivities, as well as high-sugar drinks and a variety of desserts.

Dr. Ruben Silva Tinoco, endocrinologist and expert in diabetes management, assures that controlling diabetes in this season becomes “a challenge”, though not impossible.

“We should be aware that self-care plays an important role in patients, especially on these dates. We should focus on planning adequate eating, continuing physical activity, and monitoring glucose.”

He remarked that if necessary the tests should be done more often and follow the treatment prescribed by the doctor.

Diabetes Care Tips

The expert expressed that although there is no reason to skip the celebrations, it should be kept in mind that these celebrations can lead to a significant reduction in the control of diabetes.

Hence efforts should be doubled and the temptation of overeating should be avoided.

To avoid glucose imbalances both during the December season and in January when Rosca de Reyes continues, experts recommend:

1.- reduce carbohydrates, The taste of food is not in conflict with health. But dishes with high sodium and sugar can be substituted.

2.- moderate alcohol consumption, It’s important to consume in moderation and, preferably, choose low-alcohol beverages such as beer or wine.

3.- keep tight, Physical activity plays an important role in the lives of diabetics, as it helps to lower blood sugar levels. In addition, it improves the ability to absorb insulin and lowers cholesterol levels.

4.- check glucose level, Another recommendation is to check blood sugar levels more frequently to avoid decompensation.

5.- Follow up with medical treatment. The main recommendation for successful control of diabetes is to follow the treatment prescribed by the doctor.

DPP-4 inhibitors as an adjunct to treatment

Since patients with type 2 diabetes have a higher cardiovascular risk, it is imperative to provide therapeutic strategies to patients. Which, in addition to controlling blood sugar levels, contributes to reducing the risk of complications and/or mortality from heart disease.

“Currently, there are more number of drug options available to achieve this objective,” said the expert.

For example, he said, a class of drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors, or gliptins, has existed for a decade.

These have been shown to be effective and safe in lowering blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

With these tips and medical monitoring, it is possible to enjoy well-being and quality of life.

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