Life can already be overwhelming, and diabetes management can include a long list of daily to-dos. Sometimes it’s just too much. The result? You may not pay close attention to your medications or diet, which drives your blood sugar up. This causes you not to feel well and to be at risk for developing complications. Thankfully, support is always available on Wellsmith, any time. We’ve rallied up a few daily self-care tips to manage type 2 diabetes. Be in control of your diabetes—it doesn’t need to be overwhelming for you.
Follow Your Wellsmith Care Plan
Log your blood sugar levels onto Wellsmith and keep track of your medications. Daily monitoring provides feedback on what to eat, exercise routines, and medications that work best to help manage your diabetes. You can always ask Coach Bridget for assistance. You’re never alone with Wellsmith in your pocket.
Protect Your Skin
Check your body everyday for skin concerns, especially under the arms, in between toes, and in the groin area. Keep your skin clean and dry at all times. Clean any injury, even a minor cut with soap and water. Diabetes can cause bacterial or fungal infections, so if you notice anything out of the norm, contact your doctor immediately.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
A good night’s sleep can help manage blood sugar, blood pressure, and insulin resistance. The ADA says that quality sleep is essential, as poor sleep negatively affects many health issues related to type 2 diabetes, including blood sugar levels. Make your sleep space comfortable. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. The key is restorative sleep—when you wake up, you feel rested. You’re refreshed and ready to go.
Inspect Your Feet
Daily inspection of your feet can help you detect any problems early on, such as ulcers, poor circulation, and nerve damage. Small problems can turn worse if left untreated — it’s possible to have an injury or infection on your foot without feeling it.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth
When you have diabetes, high blood sugar can take a toll on your teeth and gums. Diabetes can cause changes in oral health, with symptoms especially affecting the gums, but also involving taste, saliva, and breath.The good news? Prevention is in your hands. The ADA suggests brushing your teeth twice a day for three minutes each time, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist for a teeth cleaning every six months.
Follow this simple daily self-care checklist to feel confident in your journey towards your healthiest self yet.