Why Do I Need A Diabetic Checklist?
When you are first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, your doctor will tell you a lot of information in a short amount of time. Like, a lot of information! But your eyes will be glazed over, still trying to process the fact that you now have Type 2 Diabetes. You’ll go home and try to remember everything he or she said, and if you’re lucky, you’ll write down half of what you are supposed to do next. It can be quite overwhelming. A diabetic checklist is a great tool to make sure you did everything your doctor wants you to do.
Why THIS Diabetic Checklist?
This checklist shows you the first 9 things a newly diagnosed diabetic should do. Your doctor will be happy and you will be happy, and those are two very important people to keep happy when you have diabetes. You want to make sure you’re doing the most important things first to jump in to resolve your diabetes ASAP.
Is This Checklist Free?
YES! This checklist is free for you!
Some checklist items you can expect:
- Start checking your blood sugar everyday. Monitor five or more times a day. Before meals, 2 hours after meals, before and after exercise, before bed, upon wakening, etc. You want to know what your body is doing so that eventually you can check it less often.
- Get an eye exam by an optometrist. Make sure you get dilated. The back of the eye is the only place in the body you can actually SEE blood vessels non-invasively, so they can detect if your blood vessels are damaged- this is called Diabetic Retinopathy.
- Start a food journal. My favorite tool is MyFitnessPal. Knowing what you are putting in your body is the first step to taking control of your diabetes (or pre-diabetes, or health in general).
- Check your feet daily. Look for sores, cuts, bleeding, swelling, etc. Neuropathy is nothing to mess with, and foot amputation is a real result for some diabetics. Diabetics can have reduced nerve sensitivity, so you may not feel those cuts, sores, swelling, etc. So look at your feet. Every. Single. Day.
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