Diabetes in aging women is more complicated issue that that of men, as women have a lot more reasons to catch diabetes than men. You may be diagnosed with diabetes one day and you feel Devastated. However, the only way to prevent and manage diabetes is knowing more and more about healthy lifestyle.
Earlier I wrote a detailed article on what every woman should know about diabetes, and I mentioned simple steps like weight control, active routine, healthy eating and dietary supplements to prevent and control diabetes. And, as a fact of the matter, these simple steps may not work if you are not consistent and in order to bring consistency in your efforts you have to make major lifestyle changes.
This article will discuss three important lifestyle tips for women with diabetes as well as for women at risk of diabetes. Here it goes:
1- Stay Alert and Understand What Your Body is Telling You;
At times type 2 diabetes may develop without any serious warnings signs and you may be surprised to know that according to careful estimates by National Institute of Health, more than one third of all people who have type 2 diabetes don’t even know that they have it. So, it is important to understand your bodily changes, i.e.:
- If you are always feeling thirsty despite drinking a lot of water.
- You are always having dry mouth even after hydrating enough.
- If you experience an increased hunger (especially after eating).
- Frequent urination or urine infections.
- Always fatigued.
- Unexplained headaches.
These are actually very general things that often people do not take them serious, and they never know that they are living with diabetes. If you are experiencing any of the above, you better get an appointment and talk to your doctor about your risk for diabetes.
Some more warning signs and complications may include:
- Slow-healing wounds/cuts/sores.
- Itching of the skin, commonly around the vaginal or groin area.
- Recurrent yeast infections.
- Unexplained rapid weight gain.
- Soft and dark skin changes, i.e. on neck, armpit, and groin area.
- Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet.
- Blurred and decreased vision
Getting in touch with a good doctor is a must and he may recommend you some tests to determine whether you have diabetes or not. Even if you are not diagnosed with diabetes, plan another checkup in next 8 to 10 months period.
2- Make Healthy Eating Your Top Priority;
“You are what you eat”. And, believe me, it’s very true; everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but it is also clearly visible externally, as a glowing face and fit body.
Healthy eating is the number one way to prevent diabetes, and in fact, it is also the number one way to manage diabetes. Some studies have even shown that diabetes can be reversed with healthy eating. This article on natural diabetes cure is a great resource to help you eat healthy.
Yes, healthy eating can be difficult at times, especially when you are not sure what to cook today, but a weekly, or bimonthly meal plan can be a great way to keep yourself on track. In order to make your own meal plan, make sure you are including these 7 items:
- Raw, cooked, or roasted vegetables; include all the vegies you like
- Greens are a must.
- Flavorful, low-calorie drinks; plain water is great but at times you need to satisfy your taste buds too.
- Melon or berries
- Whole-grain, higher-fiber foods
- A little fat; because you need some fats too.
- Protein; include all lean meats, pulses and sea food
3- Get Support;
According to Linda Siminerio (RN, PhD, chair of the National Diabetes Education Program), “It takes a village to manage diabetes”.
Well, it’s true that things can be very depressing at times, and so you do need support. Other than your doctor or nurse practitioner, you can get in touch with diabetes educators, dietitians/nutritionists, pharmacists, psychologists/therapists etc. for guidelines for a healthy and active lifestyle.
Get involved in local events on diabetes education, ask questions, and learn the ways to deal different situations, practice any other healthy habits the experts recommend and you will feel a huge difference which will lead you to a better lifestyle.
In case, if you are a working professional and cannot take time out of your busy schedules for getting involved in the events, you can still stay informed and involved through online diabetes support groups, blogs and forums. But, you must take some time out for physical activity in any case!
The Bottom Line:
A diabetes diagnosis or finding yourself at risk of diabetes might feel overwhelming; you may feel devastated for that particular time. But living well with the condition doesn’t have to be apprehensive. All you need to do is to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle, network with the right people, listen to your body and deal it accordingly.