This article is for people diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol and other related diseases such as high blood pressure. There are several strategies that a person can implement in order to improve their state of health. The diseases are often referred to as "silent killers" because a person will not initially feel sick from these diseases. However, once a person is aware that they have these diseases, it is necessary to bring them under control. With that said, I will discuss some commonly used strategies to change or control these diseases. I am not a doctor and will not discuss these strategies with medical jargon. However, I will consider them based off my own experience and direct knowledge of dealing with these diseases by means of the strategies I will discuss.
Knowledge: This is the most advantageous strategy that a person with the above diseases must get to control the diseases. I was first diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure in 2002. Unfortunately, I had no knowledge or information from my primary care provider regarding any of these issues. I was only tested, informed that I had all of these issues and then prescribed medication. When I say knowledge I am talking about the scorecard with the following information:
Test Name Current Results Reference Range
Glycated Hemoglobin 9.3 4.0 - 6.0
The above example is your A1C percentage for diabetes. It tells your primary care provider how control your glucose level has been over the past 12 weeks. Obviously, from the above readings the glucose is out of control. It also means that it needs to be controlled by medications and perhaps diet and exercise. It should also be explained to a person how uncontrolled diabetes will most likely contribute to other related diseases.
Education: Let's talk about education! This is another crucial aspect of this strategy. The above mentioned diseases can be controlled by proper diet and exercise in addition to medications. Once your primary healthcare provider has prescribed medication for your condition, it is necessary to use all of your medication as prescribed. In addition, every three months it is vital to have blood work performed to check the health of your kidneys. All medicine required for diabetes, high blood pressure, and Cholesterol go through the kidney. Furthermore, consult with a dietician about proper portion control and the right servings of vegetables, fruits, protein, and dairy consumption. Also, ask a dietitian to advise on how to read labels for fat content, calories, carbohydrates and other nutritional values needed that will improve your health. Exercise is another strategy that should be used to overcome these diseases. Simple things such as housework or dancing to high-impact music for 30 minutes three times per week will improve your medical condition. Last but not least, visit with your primary care provider at least every 90 days to have lab work done and to discuss your challenges and progress.