Many Americans are diabetic, myself included. But, what does that have to do with keeping a diabetic journal? A lot! If you just found out you are diabetic, or even if you have been diabetic for a long time you should keep a journal.
Why Keep a Journal?
Diabetes affects all of the organs in the human body. One day you may have an ache and pain and it is gone the next day. If you write this down in your journal, and if a pattern starts to develop, not only could it possibly save you from undergoing medical treatment, but it will provide your doctor with necessary information he or she needs to know.
Sometimes diabetics can eat certain foods without a spike or decline in their blood sugar, and others cannot touch that food item. The only way you will know what you can and cannot eat is to journal your daily food intake. You will also want to journal your blood sugar levels before you ate the food item as well as two hours after you ate it. It is also important to include how you felt.
I found out that I cannot handle any type of bread – whole grain, whole wheat, etc. While others can eat whole-grain bread without spikes in their blood sugar, I ended up having a severe diabetic crash every single time I ate it.
Your Mental Health
Living with diabetes can be hard mentally. In fact, there are quite a number of diabetics who suffer with depression (myself included.) I take depression medication today. Before I was diabetic, I never had to take depression medication. It can be hard to watch your loved ones eat food that you cannot. It can be hard to think about how your body is changing. It can feel as if you are fighting this battle all alone. Your mental health is extremely important to living with diabetes. Everyone gets blue, so if you find that you are unhappy, please know that you are not alone, and seek treatment.
There are a few other things that I add to my journal and you may want to too. I include activities I did on a certain day. I include “gratitude” notes – things that made me happy. I also include if I tried a new food for the first time, and what I thought of it. The possibilities are truly endless what you can keep in your diabetic journal.