Living with diabetes is a tricky balance of life’s many “cans” and “cannots”. Most people have a general and very basic idea that this is certainly a condition that is troublesome. However, unless your life or a close loved-one’s has been directly touched by diabetes, it can easily remain a subject of hazy understanding at most.
Not just a constant gauntlet of cans and cannots, diabetes is also a greater story of extra, and sometimes extraordinary, considerations and adaptations. Deserving a book unto themselves, these special considerations that many diabetics must regularly heed are many. For those interested in a condensed version, however, here are some of the most common things to consider when having diabetes that many people are understandably unaware of.
Staying at home in a regulated environment is one thing. However, for those that want to get out and see the world, travel is a whole other, special consideration. First, the diabetic must pack, not only for their normal person, but also for their diabetic person as well. They must then tend to many questions such as:
– How many monitoring and maintenance supplies should I take?
– Can I get more supplies along the way or at the destination?
– How are diabetic supplies handled at customs and airport checkpoints?
– How will I handle monitoring and privacy between and throughout my planned travel activities?
Beyond packing, there is also that ever-present concern for food intake that every traveler must heed – especially the diabetic. Rarely does the traveler rely exclusively on their own, accompanying foods for an entire excursion. This is certainly no fun, nor is it conducive to the social and non-hindering spirit that most wish to enjoy while traveling. In the end, the diabetic must maintain complete vigilance and foresight with regard to their food choices on a trip that an otherwise healthy person typically would not.
Control, vigilance, and more control – it’s easy to overlook from the outside, but the truth is that diabetes requires quite the steady psychological application as well. Such intense planning and constant awareness require a lot of mental energy. Applying this planning and awareness in everyday situations takes even more mental energy. Those who are successful regularly here definitely can wear a patch of well-earned pride.
Physical Activity Balance
In this constant fight to keep blood sugar and insulin levels under control, another oft-overlooked consideration unique to diabetics is the very real need to balance physical activity. Physicality is required of all bodies, to an extent, in maintaining good health. The catch for diabetics, however, is in achieving the right amounts of exercise and at the right times. As blood sugar rides the body’s trends in metabolism and physical activity, this necessary component to good, overall health can go on to become a tricky act to balance.
Whether you have borderline, type 1, type 2 diabetes, or any other subtype, you know that it is all about precious balance and control. It is all about considerations that many others don’t necessarily need to be concerned with in their daily lives. Everyone deals some adversity in life, but for diabetics, these are some of the unique and sometimes extraordinary considerations that are always on your plate.