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How do diabetics control blood sugar levels?

What is diabetes?

 
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood sugar level is high. Diabetes patients are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. If diabetic people develop a COVID-19 infection, then it is quite challenging to treat them effectively due to frequent fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Diabetic patients are at higher risk of developing a critical illness, like pneumonia, from coronavirus. You can control diabetes, but how, that is a major concern?

Let's discuss some important tips to control blood sugar level in your body

There is no fixed process or medication to control the blood sugar level in your body, but it can be managed efficiently. Here are some tips to control blood sugar level in your body:    
1. Balance your Eating Habits                                                                                                    

A balanced eating habit can help you to stay healthy. Especially, if your blood sugar is increased, you must know how foods affect your blood sugar level. Usually, the blood sugar level in your body depends on: 
Ø  What type of food you eat?
Ø  How much you eat?
Ø  What combinations of food do you prefer to eat?
 
It is good to make every meal balanced with a perfect mix of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats. 
 
2. Use lesser or avoid the sugar-sweetened beverages

Sugar-added beverages usually rich in calories and provide little nutrition. And therefore, they play a major role to increase blood sugar levels in your body. It's always good a good practice to use lesser or avoid sugar-sweetened beverages if you have diabetes.

 

 3. Do exercise regularly on the scheduled time Physical activity/workout should be added to your diabetes management plan. If you will do exercises on a regular basis, your muscles use sugar for energy and ultimately control the sugar level in your bloodstream. Keep your exercise scheduled along with a proper meal and medication. 
 
4. Proper medication

If a balanced diet and routine workout aren't sufficient to control your diabetes, then you should take insulin and other diabetes control medications under the guidance of a medical practitioner. Medication time and size of doses decides its effectiveness on your blood sugar level. 

5. Control the illness factor

When you're sick, your body releases special hormones that help your body to fight against the illness, but it may be also possible to increase your blood sugar level in your body as well. Rescheduling in your appetite and workout plan can adversely impact on your diabetes control management plan. Balancing the perfect sugar level in your body is important. So, drink lots of water or other fluids like sugar-free tea to make sure your body stays hydrated. If you have a low sugar level then you can sip sugar-sweetened beverages like juice to keep your blood sugar level perfect.

 
6. Control your stress factor

If you take stress in your life, then your body hormones may raise the blood sugar level in your body. It becomes challenging to closely monitor your usual diabetes management plan. You must learn new strategies to control yourself even under the unfavourable circumstances in your life. You can take the help of a medical practitioner, clinical social worker, and well-wishers to easily manage stressful conditions.

 
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What are the prime concerns of controlling diabetes?


 
The prime concerns for controlling diabetes are as follows:
  • Try to keep your blood sugar level normal as much as possible by getting a balanced diet, medication, and regular workout
  • Control your blood cholesterol and lipid profile
  • Maintain your blood pressure around 140/90.
  • Do your best to control the development of diabetes-related health concerns.

Impact of COVID-19 on Diabetic Patients

Observation says the impact of COVID-19 is mild in most of the non-diabetic people. But, when we talk about a diabetic patient with COVID-19 infection, then it becomes a double challenge for a medical practitioner to cure them. Infectious diseases like COVID-19 are deadly for diabetic patients.
 

Do you know why diabetic patients are at higher life risk?

The weaker immune system of a diabetic patient does not support them to fight against the COVID-19 virus. Diabetes keeps the human body in a low-level state of inflammation. This makes the body’s healing power unresponsive against any infection. Diabetic people are more vulnerable to develop multiple diseases with each passing day such as heart stroke kidney function problem, eye-sight problems, nerve issue etc. 
 
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What precautions should be in practice during Covid-19?


According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other medical practitioners, the COVID-19 virus spreads globally through tiny droplets that move into the air when a COVID-19 infected person sneezes or coughs. Diabetic people should take precautions carefully to protect themselves from deadly coronavirus. 
 

Here are some listed precautionary measures that should be followed by not only diabetic patients but all of us: 



Ø  Wash your hands frequently using soap and water. If shop and water are not available, then you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to wash your hands.
Ø  Don't touch the surfaces that were touched by other people. 
Ø  Disinfect the contaminated surfaces frequently at your home/shop like door handles, countertops, office desk, etc.
Ø  Make a practice to touch your mouth, eyes, or nose only after washing your hands.
Ø  Maintain social distancing. It is a good practice to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone in public places.
Ø  Make distance with sick people having a cough or fever or both.
Ø  Take sound sleep at night at least 7-8 hours’ and reduce your stress level as much as possible to boost your immune system.
Ø  Take your balanced diet on time to control diabetes. 
Ø  Do regular workouts to control the blood sugar level in your body.
 

The Bottom Line

Practice makes a man perfect. Follow the same in your diabetes management plan in the present pandemic situation and take care of yourself and your family. Although diabetic people are at higher risk from COVID-19, a perfect Health Insurance for Diabetics can reduce their pain. HDFC ERGO Health can help you in this regard very well. Get Diabetes Insurance Policy from HDFC ERGO Health and follow your Diabetic Health Management plan sincerely to enjoy your life with complete peace of mind. “Stay Home, Stay Safe”! 

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