Fight Diabetes with Knowledge

Diabetes is very invasive and destructive to the body. The disease ruins your cardiovascular and renal systems. Diabetes can lead to loss of limbs and painful neuropathy.

Even after treatment and medications, the body still struggles to regulate the spiking and dropping of blood glucose. It’s a very long process.

If you struggle, as I do, please take time to assess the food you eat. It’s easy to eat out, grab fast food, and rationalize why. But, inside the damage continues to invade and spread.

Get an app to help track, or better yet, get a notebook and write down everything you put in your mouth. Look up the nutrients, especially carbs, sodium, and fats. Record this for each item. Work with your doctor to know how much of each you should have and stay in those guidelines.

When you make a recipe, write down all the nutrients you are tracking for each one. Then divide those numbers by the number of servings in your creation. Keep that information in your notebook for easy reference.

Your notebook doesn’t have to be fancy. Here’s a picture of mine.

My Diabetes JournalExercise 30 minutes a day…a gentle walk is all that is required. When possible, get outside and breathe in the fresh air. Use a treadmill, or just walk around your house! Move!

Fighting diabetes isn’t easy, but with Christ all things are possible! Jesus is on your side. He will help. I write a little note in my journal at the end of each day stating the struggles I faced and small successes.

Make sure you work with your doctor to know what your goals should be. Go to a diabetes clinic. Just begin. One small step at a time. Record your blood sugar numbers, your weight, and your blood pressure on a regular basis.

When you visit your doctor, you can take your journal with you for reference. One tool I use to keep track of my blood sugar, weight, and blood pressure is called My Fitness Pal. It is a free app on my cell phone (no need to pay for the Premium version). I show the trends to my doctor on each of my visits.

You can find tips and more at American Diabetes Association Website.

For the past year and a half, I’ve been ignoring the fact that I have diabetes. I haven’t tracked my numbers, my food and I haven’t been eating on a schedule. My A1C has increased! Satan scored a triumph. But I’m punching him in the face and I’m going to win, because I have Jesus on my side and I’m claiming victory! Will you join me?


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