As the calendar turns a new page and we welcome the start of a new chapter in our lives, it’s a great time to reflect on the past and set new goals for the future. The beginning of the year not only signals a date change but also a symbolic opportunity for renewal and commitment to one’s well-being. As we begin 2024 it’s time to seize the moment and find a way to set our intentional goals for managing your diabetes this year.
Dr. Prashant Subramaniam, Head of Medical Affairs, South Asia, Korea and Taiwan, Diabetes Care, Abbott said, “In 2024, people with diabetes must commit to better management of their condition. Inadequate monitoring limits the data available, making it challenging to make informed decisions based on actionable insights.”
“Therefore, people with diabetes must commit to monitoring their glucose levels regularly, making lifestyle changes and doing their best to stick to goals. Many new technologies will help support these goals. For example, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) “Smartphone-compatible devices can help you stay on top of your glucose management even on the go.”
An expert suggests five resolutions to make in 2024 to control diabetes:
Prioritize strategic meal planning: It’s important to have a plan for what you eat throughout the day. Always try to choose foods that are low in calories. Choose foods that won’t drastically raise your blood sugar levels. Eating small portions of tempting foods at intervals is recommended to satisfy thirst.
Keep your body active: Prioritizing physical activity is important for maintaining good health, but it’s also important to keep it gentle and avoid overexertion. Simple workouts like walking or yoga can be effective. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear on vacation to keep your body in check. If you notice any abnormalities on your skin, it is best to consult a doctor immediately to ensure proper care and treatment.
Know your numbers: Checking your blood sugar levels regularly is crucial. Real-time monitoring can be done with CGM tools like Freestyle Libre. Try to stay in the sweet spot of 70 to 180 mg/dl for most of the day, preferably around 17 hours a day. By doing this, you can effectively manage your diabetes. That way, you are the boss of your diabetes, not the other way around.
Control your sleep cycle: We often disrupt our sleep routine due to bad habits or work. However, getting enough hours of adequate quality sleep is crucial to maintaining good health. It also helps to avoid sleep deprivation, which can negatively affect your hunger or cravings levels. Additionally, sleep plays an important role in supporting metabolism and regulating blood glucose levels, which are essential when managing diabetes.
Stress management: When you’re stressed, your body produces stress hormones that raise your blood sugar levels and can cause insulin resistance. Over time, this can raise your blood pressure and increase your chances of heart disease. To reduce your stress, try fun activities like listening to music, yoga or dancing. Additionally, spending time with loved ones or discussing what you’re going through with a professional can reduce stress levels.