When educating people with diabetes how to manage their condition, I often boil it down to a very simple phrase: “Don’t lose STEAM with your diabetes management!”
Let STEAM be your guide:
S — Stay positive and stay focused. You can do it!
T — Take medications as prescribed, for diabetes or for any other condition you have.
E — Exercise regularly. The recommendation is for 150 minutes each week. Take a 10-minute walk after each meal and the minutes will add up quickly. Short walks do as much good as long ones.
A — A well-balanced meal goes a long way. Make sure you include high-fiber carbs, protein, fruits and vegetables. Keeping a food journal can help you recognize the correlation between your food choices and your blood-sugar levels.
M — Monitor your progress. Short-term (blood glucose readings) and long-term (A1C numbers) information helps you stay focused. Don’t forget your feet. It’s important to catch problems early and monitoring will help you do that.