I sit here in my recliner recovering from an operation caused by infection stemming from a ulcer on my foot that just won’t heal. I have redoubled my efforts to keep my blood sugars in check and decided to share some strategies and items that have helped me on my diabetic journey. I also like to get the most for my money. Some of these items are a no brainer and some are hacks that I was able to find through trail and error. If you are new to the diabetic lifestyle you might want to also read my post “How to treat a blood sugar drop in a pinch“. If you are a care giver or a patient, these tips are great to remember. Do you know what the 15/15 rule is?
So here we go, let’s look into some important items that you must have to help control your diabetes.
- Blood Glucose Monitoring System. also known as a glucometer this is your first step toward getting control of your blood sugar levels. After all you can’t solve the problem if you don’t know what it is. I use the Relion that is affordable and works well. Since it is so inexpensive, I keep several (home, work and car). the test strips are available (also affordable) at Amazon and Walmart. Here is a link to get one (or several) Click Here
- Glucose gel. In the event of a blood sugar drop minutes count. Although there are alternatives, this is a dependable and safe way to combat Hypoglycemia. Keep a few of these close and know the signs of trouble. TRANSCEND 15g Glucose Gels – 12 Pouch Bulk Pack
- Moisturizing lotion. This is a VERY important tool to fight the symptoms of diabetes that many patients (and caregivers) overlook. Diabetics tend to have dry skin especially on their extremities. Legs and feet are especially prone to have dry skin and while dry skin in itself is not a problem, ulcers caused by dry skin are. Healing of these wounds is slow and can even lead to infection and worse. I use Cetaphil and it works well for me. When you check your feet every day (You do don’t you?) Just lotion up. Here is a link. Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
- Cinnamon Supplements. Cinnamon is a natural way to help regulate the way your body handles sugar. Researchers have found that cinnamon cuts cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%. Here is a link to a high quality and high dose cinnamon in capsule form. NutriFlair Ceylon Cinnamon
- Diabetic Socks. Look for diabetic socks that feature a loose-fitting, non-binding top that allows blood to flow unimpeded. this will effectively boost blood circulation. These are recommended for people with circulatory problems, diabetes, edema, and neuropathy. Falari Physician Approved Diabetic Socks are a great choice.
- Antiseptic Mouth Wash. Having diabetes raises your chances of getting gum disease and other dental problems. That’s why it’s important to have a daily mouth care routine as a diabetic. Gly-Oxide’s Antiseptic Oral Cleanser features 3-in-1 action, cleansing, soothing, and killing odor-forming germs. It penetrates between teeth and other areas of the mouth to flush out food particles ordinary brushing can miss.
There you have it. Remember these are just a few of the things you need to be aware of as a diabetic or a diabetic care giver but I hope these tips will take a few worries off of you plate. Thanks for reading and thanks for checking out the links provided as these help me with the costs of keeping my website up and running!
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