If you aresuffering from diabetes you must take care of your condition, regardless whatyou do at any moment of the day. Looking after your career may be particularlyhard when you have diabetes and therefore, some tips should be always more thanwelcomed.
Keep Diabetesunder Control
Staying healthy isthe best way to ensure good productivity at work. Exercise regularly, take careand eat properly and healthy and make sure to control your blood sugar. Whenyou take care of yourself and people you are working with acknowledge that, itwill be much easier to take some time off work if you happen to need it.
Plan the mealsahead and always have something to eat when your blood sugar is very low. Thisis one of the biggest challenges diabetes patients have at work, so having somesnacks in the bag is very important.
Stress on the jobmay seriously affect the level of your blood sugar and raise or decrease itsignificantly. In some situations, stress can also mask the effects of lowblood sugar, so you need to be aware and ready for this. Blood sugar metershould always be near you, not in your car or somewhere else. Be careful whereyou leave this equipment because temperature can negatively affect them.
Let the Co-workersKnow
Medicalidentification jewelry is great thing and you should wear it. In the casesomething happens to you it is best that emergency staff instantly know you arediabetes patient. Your boss and some of trusted co-workers have to know yourmedical problem, just to be on the safe side. Even though you might haveunpleasant situations before, these people may be really helpful, so give thema chance. They may not know much about diabetes, but they can learn. If neccesary,there are some diabetes educators and they can help explaining the people youare working with what is diabetes and what is diabetes friendly enviroment. Askyour employer if he is willing to host this educator.
Sometimes, youmay need to get a doctor’s note, stating what exactly do you require fordiabetes care. Pass this statement to your boss, human resources and companynurse, if there is such as person.
Don’t ever abusethe system and use sick days or disability pay in situations you have to do so. Perhaps someone will have the same medical problem in the same company after you, so give an example.