Thursday, March 17, 2016

Living Life With Meniere's (and Diabetes)

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I know it's been a while since I've posted about Meniere's Disease/Vertigo and I apologize. It was not intentional!

It is no secret that my mother suffers from Meniere's Disease. She was diagnosed quite a few years ago, and while she is still learning how to rearrange her schedule on bad days, she was given another blog last year when she was given the diagnoses if Type 2 Diabetes. She was in the hospital for another severe case of cellulitis, and that's when they told her that she had diabetes. We were shocked because it's not a diagnoses you expect, but we knew her life would drastically change.

We were right - her life had changed... A lot. Aside from making sure her blood sugar levels were where they should be, we also had to make sure she ate when she was having a bad time with her Meniere's. Because Meniere's causes her to become light-headed and nauseated, she she wouldn't want to eat. For someone with diabetes, not eating for almost 4-6 hours causes her blood sugar to drop too low, which can be dangerous. So she devised a plan where her Meniere's Disease and diabetes can live in harmony without causing her any unnecessary problems.

Ways You Can Keep Your Meniere's Disease/Vertigo & Diabetes Under Control

  1. If you are having a bad day thanks to MD or Vertigo and are feeling nauseated, eat something light like crackers. It will keep your blood sugar levels from dropping.
  2. Keep hydrated. Being dehydrated and light-headed spells bad news for both Meniere's Disease and diabetes.
  3. Know your symptoms of both low blood sugar and a vertigo attack. The symptoms can be similar, but if your blood sugar levels are too low, it can cause problems.
  4. On good days, get as much exercise as you can. It's excellent for keeping diabetes under control and there are studies that show that because staying active can help lower stress levels, it can also make Meniere's Disease or Vertigo attacks less strong.
It can be difficult to deal with both Meniere's Disease or Vertigo and diabetes. But it doesn't have to keep you from enjoying life to the best of your ability.

NOTE: This is not professional medical advice. If you are unsure about anything, contact your doctor as soon as possible. 

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