How to manage Diabetes effectively at work

I n pursuit of professional growth and career aspirations, maintaining good health is paramount. Your health should never hinder your professional journey. Among the prevalent health conditions today that require effective management, particularly in the workplace, is diabetes. With careful planning and deliberate actions, you can ensure stable blood sugar levels, enabling you to perform optimally throughout your workday and beyond. Dr. Prashant Advani, a Consultant Physician at Advani Heart line in Raipur, emphasizes the urgency, stating, “In India, the number of people living with diabetes has surged to over 101 million from 77 million in 2019. Managing diabetes is crucial to mitigate future health risks associated with this chronic lifestyle condition. The challenge is especially pronounced for working professionals, many of whom are engaged in desk jobs. Consequently, individuals with diabetes often struggle to maintain consistent lifestyle adjustments and medication adherence. Taking proactive steps to effectively manage diabetes and diligently following the prescribed treatment regimen is imperative for better health outcomes.”

Ashwini Pawar, the Medical Affairs Director for Abbott in India, underscores the significance of disease management for people with diabetes. She notes that many individuals do not adhere to their medication schedules. Abbott is committed to not only treating diseases but also aiding individuals in cultivating healthier habits and overcoming barriers to timely medication. Innovative solutions, such as special coatings on tablets to facilitate easier swallowing, are part of Abbott’s approach. By implementing such measures, the aim is to empower patients to effectively manage their diabetes, leading to healthier lives and optimal performance. Here are seven crucial steps to effectively manage diabetes in the workplace”

1. Devise a Diabetes Action Plan Suited to Your Work Life: The journey to managing diabetes alongside work begins even before you arrive at the office. Prioritize adequate sleep and establish a daily routine that includes a nutritious breakfast to stabilize blood sugar levels. Choose between having breakfast at home or the workplace, ensuring it is balanced and free from excessive salt and saturated fats.”

2. Snack smart: Whether a coworker is munching on chips or fried foods or candy, or offering everyone mithai with celebratory news, you are always surrounded with unhealthy temptations. Avoiding snacking entirely can be tough, so have them in moderation, and be mindful of what you eat. Keep healthy snacks at hand – fruits, salad, nuts, yogurt – for when cravings hit. Also remember to stay hydrated with water over sugary and caffeinated drinks.”

3. Craft a Nutrient-rich Lunch: Pack lunch smartly so you can enjoy a healthy, balanced meal and aren’t only dependant on outside food. A diabetesfriendly diet includes leafy greens (like spinach), nonstarchy vegetables (like carrots, tomatoes, onions, okra, cauliflower), healthy carbs (like whole grains and brown rice), lean proteins (including eggs, beans, and chicken), and fruits low in carbohydrates (such as oranges). On days with special events, whether a colleague’s birthday or team lunch, watch your calorie intake beforehand. In addition to following a balanced diet, it is crucial to monitor your glucose levels before and after meals. Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices can be helpful in tracking your glucose levels throughout the day, providing real-time data to aid in managing your diabetes.”

4. Adhere to Medication Schedule: Consistency in taking prescribed medication is pivotal for glycemic control. Set reminders, such as alarms on your phone or sticky notes on your desk, to ensure timely medication administration.”

5. Transparent Communication with Your Team: If you feel comfortable, talk to your manager and team about living with diabetes. This may help you request for more flexible adjustments, or even consistency with lunch breaks. You can also discuss critical steps necessary in case of a glucose emergency, so they know how to help you if such situations arise.”

6. Get moving: Many at work have sedentary lifestyles. Physical activity helps people with diabetes manage their condition better. Get active by stretching at your desk, taking short walks around the office, up and down the stairs, or even outside. A recent study found that a post-meal walk also helps lower your blood sugar levels. Further, try fitting exercise into your routine before or after work.”

7. Manage Stress Effectively: When you are stressed, you may notice your glucose levels changing. Sometimes, you may be overwhelmed at work. Good coping mechanisms help keep your blood sugar levels in check when things get difficult. Try meditating in a quiet corner, find time to unwind (talk to a colleague or take a break), and identify and manage stressors.”

Strive to establish a diabetes-friendly routine that aligns with your needs, enabling you to effectively manage diabetes while excelling in your professional endeavors.


Central Chronicle is daily English Newspaper of Chhattisgarh. Central Chronicle has own website it is first news website in Chhattisgarh.

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