If you have Type I or Type II diabetes, you’re well aware that care and management of your chronic disease is a daily task. However, a tiny slip up (i.e., you forget to eat or take your insulin) and you can end up in the hospital.
Your endocrinologist is likely always telling you to stay on track. He or she may even have provided a ‘to do’ list similar to this one to help you remember all the little things and stay healthy over the long term…
1. What you Eat
If you’ve been diagnosed with type I or type II diabetes, you already know the importance of keeping tabs on what you eat. Your endocrinologist or family physician may have even recommended a diabetes diet for you to follow, such as the DASH diet, which focuses on daily servings of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats.
In addition to avoiding foods that contain high amounts of sugar, you should be monitoring your portions, carbohydrates, and everything you eat using a food diary to take with you to your doctor’s appointments.