Q: What food items I should avoid, as I'm a diabetic?
Avoid maida, white bread, noodles, corn flakes, poori, biryani, naan, fried rice, etc.
Avoid seetaphal, mango, jack fruit, fruit salads with ice cream, fruit-based desserts
Avoid cheese, milkshakes, ice creams
Try to avoid pork, beef, soft drinks, sugarcane juice, sweetened health drinks and beverages.
Q: Can I stop taking Insucare N 40iu 10ml if I am feeling uncomfortable after taking this medicine?
A: No, you can not stop taking your insulin without speaking with a doctor. It may lead to high blood sugar levels and may worsen your disease condition and land you in complications. In case of side effects or discomfort, talk to your doctor. You may need dose adjustment.
Q: Why should I always change the site for taking this injection?
A: Taking injection at the same site may lead to a lump formation, local irritation and itching. Thus it is advisable not to take injections at the same site or maintain a gap of at least one day.
Q: What other lifestyle modifications I need to consider to manage diabetes?
Diet should include chapatis, multigrain bread, puffed rice with vegetables, sprouts, roasted grams, plain cooked daal, soups, steamed vegetables, cooked vegetables with less oil, Jamun, orange, guava, apple, watermelon, papaya, cow’s milk, curd, thin buttermilk, fish (grilled, baked or steamed), peanuts, cashew nuts and walnuts(handful)....
Limit sugar intake
Brisk walk daily for 30 minutes
Monitor your blood glucose regularly
Take your anti-diabetic medication on time.
Q: I develop low blood sugar levels often, what could be the possible reasons?
Risk factors for developing low blood glucose levels include taking too much insulin, not taking adequate meals or missing meals, too much alcohol consumption, fever and too much exercise
Some medicines, when used with insulin can result in such episodes like other diabetes medicine glimepiride, medicines used for fever and pain (salicylates), ramipril, etc.
Report to your doctor about these episodes. You may need a dose of adjustment.