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OneWellness October 04, 2022

How To Take Charge Of Your Health While Living With Diabetes And/or Hypertension.

Medically Reviewed by Adeola Alli

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On this health journey, the most important person is you. You do not have to wait for your doctor or healthcare provider to diagnose you with complications or set goals for you. You need to be proactive. If you want to live a long and healthy life, you have to be in charge of your health.

You have to stay on top of your health, know where you are at every step of the journey, set goals and prioritize your health. For anything to be done well, intentionality is important. To live a healthy life even with hypertension and/or diabetes, you have to be intentional about your health. Do not leave it to chance; you do not have to wait for your healthcare providers to inform you about lifestyle changes.

Here are steps to help you take charge of your health if you live with diabetes and/or hypertension.

“On this health journey, the most important person is you. If you want to live a long and healthy life, you have to be in charge of your health.“

Get your own devices.

One of the most important ways to take charge of your health and set goals for yourself in your health journey is by getting your own blood glucometer and blood pressure monitor. A blood glucometer is used to measure the amount of sugar or glucose in the blood while a blood pressure monitor is used to measure the blood pressure. These devices are very portable and home-friendly. There are varieties of brands available and you can select one based on your preference, budget, availability, etc.

When you have your own devices, it is easier to check your values regularly and set short-term and long-term goals. You can monitor your progress and see areas where you need to improve and areas that are working for you. It also helps you document your progress. Some of these devices are able to store your values so that you have your test results saved and can easily track your progress.

OneHealth partners with over 1000 pharmacies in Nigeria. All devices are available and they can be delivered to you in any part of Nigeria.

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Eat healthy meals.

One of the most common myths patients believe is that as long as they are taking their antihypertensives and antidiabetic medications, they are good. This is untrue. Medications are essential but to take charge of your health, you need to eat healthily.

An unhealthy diet increases the chances of developing complications from hypertension and diabetes. That means that your diet plays a huge role in determining your treatment outcome. Ensure you eat a balanced diet daily. Reduce carbohydrates and increase your protein, fruit, and vegetable intake.

At Onewellness, we work with nutritionists who design a meal plan based on patient factors.

Exercise regularly.

Exercising keeps your heart moving and helps it pump blood. It lowers blood pressure and breaks down fat reducing fat content in the blood. It also increases blood flow so that your food nutrients and medicines can travel faster in your body. Strive to exercise daily. Short walks, stretching, yoga, etc, are all good exercises to begin your day.

Have regular follow up with your healthcare provider.

Now that you have your devices and you are consciously living a healthy lifestyle. It is important you check with your healthcare provider regularly so you can go over your goals and your progress. Your healthcare provider would review your medicines with your test results and would modify the doses of your medications according.

At Onewellness, each patient is given a care pharmacist and has access to doctors' consultations.

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