Diabetes in the early stages can be difficult to detect. Someone in their Prediabetes stage may however notice that there:
- More often Hungry
- Weight is decreasing despite eating more
- Thirst has increased
- Frequency of going to the bathroom has increased
- Energy levels have decreased.
All of those are common symptoms associated with diabetes, so you are likely to find them if you are suffering from it.
There are no fixed reasons because of which a person could be suffering from diabetes, however, there a few factors that might increase the risk of a person’s increase in blood sugar. They are:
- Lack of physical activity
- Family history of diabetic patients.
- Race or ethnicity
- Old Age
- Gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol
Tips for people suffering from diabetes
A registered dietician (RD) or certified diabetes educator (CDE) can help you create a meal plan that’s full of good-for-you and good-for-your-blood-glucose-level food. The goal of the meal plan is to control your blood glucose level and keep it in the healthy, normal range. Your meal plan will be made just for you, taking into account your overall health, physical activity, and what you like to eat.
Diabetes in older people cannot be diagnosed the same way as younger. Treating diabetes too aggressively can make seniors more prone to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. For frail older people with multiple conditions, the condition can be more dangerous than high blood glucose readings. Another reason to treat diabetes differently in older people: They may find it increasingly difficult to manage the daily monitoring, medications and dietary requirements.
Exercising tips for diabetes patients:
- Exercise is safe—and highly recommended—for most people with type 2 diabetes including those with complications. Along with diet and medication, exercise will help you lower blood sugar and lose weight.
- As long as you're totalling 30 minutes of exercise each day, several brief workouts are fine
- Increase activity in general—such as walking or climbing stairs—rather than a particular type of exercise.
- Too often, people overestimate the amount of exercise they get and underestimate the amount of calories they consume. (A step-counting pedometer can help.)
- Working out with friends can be an important motivator, particularly for people over 60
- Set specific attainable goals, like working out atleast 4 days a week.
- Reward yourself for reaching the goals you set for exercising.
- Putting up notes or motivational posters in the house could be used as a reminder for you to exercise.
- Keep a record in a daily diary of you exercising goals and how much you exercised. Joining an activity class helps you to maintain regularity and also the members of the class could help you in case of an emergency.
- Very high exercising goals could turn into demotivators rather than motivators.
- You're more likely to be successful if you focus on changing one behavior at a time, rather than everything at once (like taking medication, checking your feet, switching your diet, and exercising).
- For patients above 60 it is really important that they consult a doctor before exercising, or even exercise under supervision.
- Test your blood sugar regularly.