That’s why the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) has launched its first guide for people affected by diabetes. Written for patients and caregivers alike, A Canadian Guide to Living Well with Diabetes contains information that’s based on the CDA’s clinical practice guidelines, which is a set of recommendations that help healthcare providers provide optimal diabetes care. The Guide consolidates various CDA resources that’ll help you understand how diabetes affects the body and the potential complications of the disease.
Here’s a taste of what you can expect in the Guide.
What is Diabetes?
Most people know that diabetes is a disease that affects the pancreas and insulin production in the body. But not everyone knows about the different types of diabetes and their various risk factors and warning signs.
A Canadian Guide to Living Well with Diabetes covers type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, as well as prediabetes. Plus, the guide contains visual diagrams and infographics to help you understand crucial information, such as the warning signs of the disease and what the numbers mean for different laboratory tests.
Organizing Your Care
Every person’s medical needs are unique, including yours. This is especially true when it comes to a complex disease like diabetes. There are lots of things to keep track of: routine blood sugar readings, appointments, medications and so much more.
The CDA’s new book contains tools to help keep you organized and on top of your care. There are sheets for recording contact information for the doctors, nurses, dietitians and other experts on your healthcare team. There are also info sheets to help you track visits to these healthcare providers, and any changes to your care.
Managing Your Diabetes
In addition to taking your medications regularly and on time, there are three other major considerations when it comes to living with diabetes: Self-monitoring of blood sugar, nutrition and physical activity.
The Guide comes with a blood glucose log that’s a great tool for tracking of your blood sugar levels throughout the day. It also details what to do at the first signs of low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia.
For expert nutritional advice, check out the sections on counting carbohydrates and the tips for healthy eating. There’s also an overview of the Glycemic Index, sample meal plans and a handy illustrated guide to figuring out portion sizes.
Finally, exercise is a key component in diabetes self-management. The Guide provides helpful lifestyle tips on setting exercise goals, overcoming barriers to working out, and reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
Get your $15 copy of A Canadian Guide to Living Well with Diabetes at orders.diabetes.ca.