Dear Paul: When my doctor told me I had prediabetes, it was a real wake-up call. How do I prevent it from developing into type 2 diabetes?
It’s important to take your prediabetes condition seriously—research shows that some long-term complications associated with diabetes, such as nerve damage and heart disease, may start during prediabetes. Type 2 diabetes develops over time, so it’s critical to keep certain risk factors under control, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and being overweight. By reducing your risk factors, along with increasing physical activity, adopting a healthy diet and carefully monitoring your blood sugar, you can avoid future complications associated with diabetes.
For prediabetes, your doctor may prescribe medication to keep your blood sugar levels under control. This can seem daunting at first, but your local Guardian® or I.D.A.® pharmacist is there to help. We can help you understand your treatment and give you tips on how to recognize when your blood sugar gets too low. We can also help you with practical, everyday things, like how to use a glucometer. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have—all you have to do is ask!
Dear Paul: How do I manage my diabetes when I’m travelling?
Don’t let diabetes stop you from living the life you want. Travelling with diabetes is totally doable—as long as you plan and prepare in advance.
When travelling, your meals are likely going to be different from those you make at home, so it may be challenging to maintain your healthy eating habits. You may also be doing different physical activities than you’re used to, or have to cope with shifting time zones. All this should be discussed with your local Guardian® or I.D.A.® pharmacist, who can advise you on whether you’ll need to adjust your medication schedule.
So if you’re planning a trip, be sure to visit your pharmacist before you take off. We’re here to help—from preparing your medication supply before leaving, to documenting your medications to help you cross customs. Plus, we can advise you on storing and using your insulin and medications while travelling.
For a dose of our pharmacists’ advice, go to guardian-ida-pharmacies.ca