In the last blog I had mentioned that we are participating in an anti-diabetic campaign giving patient counseling to diabetic patients. As a part of this campaign, we had prepared a leaflet with expert's advice; containing advice on diabetic diet and diabetic care; we are explaining the text in local language (Telugu) and distributing them. In this page I would like to share some of the
points which we are giving to the patients at King George Hospital on every Thursday.
Dos for Diabetics:-
*Maintain good control over blood glucose levels.
*Check your eyes, feet and kidneys, once in an year, as they are the main organs to be affected by high blood glucose levels.
*Continue taking insulin and other medicines as prescribed by the Doctor.
*Check your blood lipid levels and blood pressure at regular intervals.
*Always carry sugar/sweet candy in your pocket if taking medicines for Diabetes as they may lower blood glucose levels.
*Please check the lowering of blood glucose levels by knowing the symptoms like extreme weakness and numbness in the hands.
*Maintain a constant physical activity everyday as advised by the Doctor.
*Exercise in the morning is good as it raises your body activity level and this will result in more burning of the calories throughout the day.
*Inform your Doctor about any herbal or any other medicines you may be consuming.
*Always consult your Doctor in case of any doubts regarding eating habits, exercise and medication.
*Your Doctor is your "Best Guide and Judge".
Activities: Calorie consumption per minute
*Cleaning utensils, sweeping house, gardening, painting (2-5 calories).
* Brisk walk, climbing steps, cycling, playing outdoor games (5-10 calories).
Don'ts for Diabetics:
*Avoid taking tobacco and alcohol.
*Do not miss the daily dose.
*Eating sweets and taking more medicines to lower blood glucose levels should be avoided.
*Do not over exercise in such a way that there may be a sudden fall of blood glucose levels.
*Misconceptions regarding the cure of Diabetes should be avoided to keep away complications.
*Avoid fasting and feasting.
We express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Mythili, M.D.DM Endocrinologist for her advice and support for the leaflet pages.
1. http://diabetesinformationhub.com/DiabetesDiet.php (Accessed on 24th August 2010)
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