By Victoria Pacheco, RD | Methodist Hospital of Southern California
Diabetes can be a devastating illness for many who may not know how to prevent or control the disease symptoms. Here are a few action steps known as the ABCs of diabetes that can mitigate ill effects of the disease.
A is for Action: Take action before it is too late. If you are trying to prevent diabetes, know what your risks are for developing it. If you already have diabetes, take action to become educated on how to manage your diabetes.
B is for Build: Build up your energy level with a nutrition and fitness program. Ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes class. Diabetes classes are taught at Methodist Hospital. Learn how to control your blood sugars with carbohydrate counting and label reading. Build a healthy meal plan and a fun fitness program for better glucose control.
C is for Communication: Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
– Frequent urination
– Unusual thirst
– Unusual weight loss
– Blurred vision
– Fatigue and irritability
– Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
– Tingling in the hands or feet
Communicate with your doctor to find out which tests are right for you to check your blood sugars if you suspect you might be diabetic. For patients who already have diabetes, the symptoms above can be alleviated with optimal glucose control. Talk to your doctor about the steps that you need to take to prevent complications associated with diabetes.
Victoria Pacheco is a registered dietitian at Methodist Hospital who provides nutritional counseling for patients with gestational diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight management issues. For more information, contact Ms. Pacheco at (626) 821-2344.