Controlling Diabetes in Women
Diabetes is a serious condition in both men and women and care
should be taken for all people to control diabetes. Women, however,
are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease if they also have
A recent study found that women with diabetes are five times are
five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease than women
without diabetes. In addition women with diabetes are more likely
to suffer from a heart attack or stroke than are men of the same
age with diabetes.
The key for women to effectively control their diabetes and minimize
the risk of cardiovascular disease includes controlling their blood
glucose levels (A1C), blood pressure and cholesterol levels. There
are strategies and techniques that women can use to effectively
control these three components, which will lead to controlling their
diabetes as well.
Lower your A1
A1C is the measurement used to indicate blood glucose levels. This
is a simple blood test that will indicate the average of your glucose
levels for the past three months. This test will help your physician
with understanding your blood glucose levels (A1C) and to what extent
this measure needs to be decreased.
Tips to lower your A1C measurement are:
- Balance your diet over the day
Eat carbohydrates in small amounts over the
day rather than at one meal.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. This
can be broken down into smaller amounts, but should total to
at least 30 minutes. Try simple things to start like walking
up the stairs, playing outside with the kids or taking a short
walk after each meal.
Lower your blood pressure
High blood pressure leads to problems with kidney
function, heart attacks, vision, headaches and stroke.
To lower blood pressure:
Lower your cholesterol
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
Reduce the amount of salt consumed
Keep your weight in a safe range
The first step to monitoring your cholesterol is to
understand what your score is now, and what your doctor recommends
that your score should be. If you need to lower your cholesterol
Eat fewer fats. Try broiling or grilling lean
meats, eat skinless chicken, fish and turkey on a regular basis.
Use low fat or no-fat dairy products as much as possible. Read
labels and look for foods that are prepared without fats. Avoid
anything deep-fried; try looking for baked items instead.
Eat fiber daily. Fresh fruits and vegetables,
whole grains, legumes, oatmeal and lentils are all great sources
of fiber. Read package labels to determine what variety or brand
offers the most fiber per serving.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Exercise regularly. Steady exercise like walking, swimming or
cycling is great, and some weight lifting or muscle building
exercises are also beneficial.
By monitoring your blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure
you will help control the risk of cardiovascular disease that is
prevalent in women with diabetes. The tips listed above will not
only help with the three factors, but will also help make your diabetes
more manageable as well.