Since my PET/CT scan and the accompanying attention I gave to my blood glucose levels, I have eased off a bit. Instead of taking my BG five times a day, I take it twice or three times. Today, I ran a little high and wondered why since my breakfast was my usual combination of low carb foods: goat cheese and tomatoes and, of course, coffee with cream.
I have been feeling quite fatigued lately, so I stayed in today and mostly read and napped. As the day progressed, I realized I have been drinking a lot less water (and tea) than usual. Maybe this is the reason for the elevated glucose levels. I know that diabetes in itself can have an effect on hydration, especially when the glucose levels are fluctuating and the diabetes is uncontrolled.
With MBC many of us try to manage our health in a way that optimizes whatever we can control. Managing stress, symptoms, side effects, eating well, avoiding unhealthy habits and the simplistic act of drinking water/fluids make me feel as though I am doing something to contribute to my well being, regardless of what the cancer is doing. It is easy, though, to get sidetracked when you don’t feel well, and you forget or neglect some of the little things that help, like drinking that water. It might seem simple, but I know when I get dehydrated, I feel different.
So tomorrow it’s back to keeping my water bottle nearby.
Melissa Lingohr-Smith wrote a good article on on this very topic for LiveStrong. Check it out.
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