Take Five for Better Health

Raise your hand if you find yourself saying, “I’m just too busy” or “I don’t have time!” We’re a busy bunch, that’s for sure, and there never seems to be enough time. If only there were more than 24 hours in a day.


Feeling a time crunch can also impact your health and affect the way you take care of your diabetes. It’s a fact that managing diabetes, on top of doing everything else that life throws your way, can stretch your schedule to its limits. On the other hand, you’d be surprised at the small but meaningful things you can do in a matter of minutes to improve your health, make you feel better, and maybe even help your diabetes, all at the same time.

Know your numbers

I’ve written about this before, but it’s worth repeating: Make sure you know what your A1C, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and microalbumin “numbers” are. In fact, know two things about these numbers — what they are, and what they should be. If you’re not sure about either of these, call up your doctor (or e-mail, if that’s an option) and ask for them or request that they be sent to you. Keep a record of the numbers so that you’ll see how you’re doing over time.

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  • Wolfman Thomas

    I have stage 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and feel terrible (no energy and tired) all the time.

    • acampbell

      Hi Wolfman,
      Please talk with your doctor and let him or her know how you’re feeling. There is a lot that you and your doctor can do to help you feel better and improve the quality of your life.

  • love buddy

    I Know how you feel pal. on top of That I also have Hep C that has just waken up in my Liver . so talk about no Energy always tired, it’s Like I can’t even get up sometimes, and boy do I have to push myself to get to work, But I am going to see a doctor, I Hear they have real goo medicine out for the Hep C . I’LL let you all know how it goes

    • Wulf

      I heard from a friend of a friend with Hep C that there have been several major advances in medicine for treatment over the past decade.

      I find that highly plausible. Pretty significant medical advances in general have been made during the past 10 or so years, not dissimilar the exponential developments in technology seen during the past decade. That being the case, it is good to hear you’re going to see a doc, so that you may have the opportunity to see if any advances have been made for treatment.

      Hopefully options are available which could help mitigate day-to-day difficulties. Best wishes to you.

  • Tyler Taylor

    Great info!!!

  • excelsciors .

    Regardless we all will die of something. Either this or a heart attack or stroke or hypertension. Or probably be wrapped around a pole in a car collision. So enjoy your life no matter what!