November is Diabetes Month

Diabetes mellitus is a condition that affects nearly 2 million Canadians. It occurs as a result of inadequate glucose (sugar) storage within your body and can therefore be characterized by elevated blood glucose. Its main cause is the inactivity of insulin, the hormone responsible for glucose storage, and it can be classified into three different categories, type 1, type 2 and gestational (during pregnancy) diabetes.

Diabetes, regardless of type, is a serious disease that must be properly controlled to prevent serious consequences. Some methods for control include the following:

Education – Understanding diabetes, your medications and your blood glucose levels is important to the control of diabetes. It allows you to make healthy changes to your lifestyle.

Exercise – Exercising regularly can lead to reduced blood sugar levels and to better overall fitness and weight control.

Dietary Planning – The food you eat drastically impacts your blood sugar levels. Having good control over your diet often means having good control over your diabetes.

Medication Use – Taking your medications on time and as specified will lead to better glucose control.

Weight Control – People with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Being overweight further increases this risk, making it crucial to maintain weight control.

Blood Glucose Monitoring – All people with diabetes should monitor their blood glucose at home on a regular basis. This will allow you to see how well controlled your sugars are.

Having well controlled blood glucose levels means that you will reduce your chances of developing heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss and damage to nerves located in various places in your body.

If you have any questions about diabetes or about blood glucose control, speak with your Rxellence pharmacist.