Diabetes: Be Mindful, Be Healthy
Your Walmart Pharmacist discusses diabetes
There are many ways your Walmart Pharmacist can help you live well with diabetes:
Do you know your diabetes ABCs?
The Pharmacist at Walmart can show you:
Monitoring your blood glucose is important
Knowing your blood glucose (BG) levels and targets is important to keeping your diabetes under control. The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends that everyone living with diabetes can benefit from checking their BG. Depending on your diabetes type and treatment, you may need to check your BG several times per day. If you’re not sure how often to check your blood glucose, ask your doctor, diabetes educator, or the Pharmacist at Walmart.
There are many blood glucose meters on the market, designed to measure and display your blood glucose levels. You can choose a meter to suit your needs:
Healthy ways to control your blood glucose
Regular physical activity can help lower your blood glucose. You should aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise (jogging, swimming) and 3 sessions of resistance exercise (weights) per week. You don’t have to do all the aerobic exercise at once … even a 10 minute session will help.
Healthy eating is always a good idea. Remember:
If you’re having trouble controlling your weight with a healthy diet alone, replacing 1 or 2 meals per day with a vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal replacement product may help.
Some natural products have been found to slow the digestion of carbohydrates. This helps reduce the entry of sugars into the bloodstream, which may help stabilize blood glucose levels.
All about insulin
Insulin is a hormone that helps your body control the amount of glucose in your blood. For many with diabetes, daily insulin injections are needed to keep their blood glucose under control.
Over time, your body’s insulin needs may increase, and your doctor may need to increase your insulin dose or change your insulin therapy. Sometimes a mealtime injection, to help prevent your blood glucose from rising too much after you eat, may be added.
It’s important to check your blood glucose levels regularly. Blood glucose readings give you information about your body and diabetes to help figure out how to manage it, so you can reach your targets and goals. That’s why you should check in with your doctor or the Pharmacist at Walmart to review your diabetes log book.
Insulin injection tips
Diabetes makes foot care important
Did you know that diabetes can cause foot problems? Diabetes-related nerve damage and poor blood flow can mean that you might not feel a foot injury, and can make it more difficult to heal. This could lead to a serious infection.
What can you do?
Ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about foot care... it’s a step in the right direction.
Diabetes, cold & flu: be prepared!
Nutrition is vital when you have diabetes and a cold or the flu. When you’re feeling sick, it’s normal to have a loss of appetite. But eating regularly will help fuel your recovery.
If you are unable to stick to your regular diet, switch to softer foods and be sure to drink enough liquids. Drink ½ to ¾ cup of calorie-free liquids every 30 minutes to an hour. Water or diet soda are good choices.
Try to eat or drink 50 g of carbohydrates every 3 to 4 hours. That’s about 6 saltine crackers 2 ½ cups (600 mL) of milk, or 6 saltines and 1 ½ cups (350 mL) of orange juice.
Remember, don’t stop taking your diabetes medications when you are sick. And you should test your blood glucose levels more often than usual.
Contact your doctor if:
Talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart about making a diabetes sick day management plan.
Cough medicine: which one is right for you?
There are basically 2 types of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine:
When you have diabetes, it’s important to check that your cough medicine is both sugar- and alcohol-free.
Beyond healthy eating
Having a fibre-rich diet that includes fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains has a positive impact on your digestive health. For people with diabetes, fibre can help control blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
Adding a daily fibre supplement can be a good option for many people who struggle to get enough fibre in their diet. There are supplements available that are clear and taste-free, dissolve completely and are non-thickening, so you can simply mix them into your favourite soft foods, or beverages. These same options are also gluten-free and 100% natural; they don’t contain added fillers, sugar, artificial sweeteners, flavours or colours.
Meal replacements for diabetes
You know that achieving a healthy weight is key to managing your diabetes. For some people, a partial meal replacement plan can help.
Meal replacement products are portion-controlled, and enriched with vitamins and minerals. They can be used to replace 1 or 2 meals a day, and help make it easier for people to watch their calories and nutrition. Make sure you choose a meal replacement product that’s designed for people with diabetes.
A recipe for wellness
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Other ways to stay well
Dealing with chronic pain
A feeling of sharp or acute pain is part of the body’s nervous system. It alerts you that something is wrong, so you’ll react to lower the pain.
But when pain lasts for more than 3 months, it’s called chronic pain. This can result from conditions like arthritis, shingles, a stroke, or diabetes. As many as 1/3 of Canadians may suffer from this kind of pain.
If your pain is chronic, there are things you can do:
The challenge of osteoporosis
Are your bones strong? Osteoporosis causes bones to become thin, brittle and more likely to break (fracture). It’s more common in older women, but anyone can get it. Fortunately, you can help reduce your risk with:
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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