- Find a physician you can trust. A good physician would want the best for his patient and prescribe the right medications for their specific needs.
- If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, the first thing you want to do is purchase a blood glucose monitor. This monitor is for you to check your blood sugar so that you are able to keep it under control. People tend to have diabetes as a result of their blood sugar being too high. Your blood sugar can never be too high or too low, either way could result in death. Your glucose level should range between 90-110 this is the normal glucose level. If your blood sugar reaches 400 call your physician immediately, if he is unavailable call 911. If your blood glucose level is below 50 you should call 911 immediately.
- If your are on insulin, it is important to check your blood sugar first, if your blood sugar is too high, take a shot. If your blood sugar is normal then there is no need to take a shot. The diabetic specialist should have a list to give you that would specify the proper dosage of insulin for your current blood sugar levels from 150 up to 400 (estimate).
- Request a Glucagon prescription from your physician. If your blood sugar reaches the danger zone specified in the aforementioned steps, you would need glucagon to get you out of a comatose state. It is imperative to have a close family member or friend who would be there to check on you from time-to-time. If you are in a coma, someone closest to you will have to administer the shot and give you the right dosage.
- Locate a Diabetic Specialist, they would help you better understand the disease and give you additional resources to help you keep your blood sugar at a normal level as well as point you in the right direction to change your eating habits and lifestyle.
- Protect your feet….This is the most important information that was given to me from a fellow coworker. If you get so much as glass, or step on a nail and that particle happens to travel, you might have to get it checked out immediately. Your foot could be in danger of being amputated (Cut off) if the situation is more serious.
- Eat healthy, eliminate fast food from your diet, we all know that fast food can trigger obesity and lead to diseases like diabetes. French fries, hamburgers, fried foods, etc. Incorporate green vegetables, fruit, protein (Fish or chicken-baked, broiled, or grilled never fried). Drink plenty of water.
- Exercise regularly. This would promote a healthy lifestyle change for you. Being Diagnosed with diabetes does not have to be a death sentence for you. You could still live a happy, wonderful and satisfying life. All that is needed is a few minor changes to our daily activities.