Living with diabetes doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Knowing how to properly manage the disease can make a world of difference when it comes to living a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle. Staying active and getting enough exercise, eating right, and taking your medications as directed are all components of living well with diabetes. It’s important to remember these helpful tips:
1. Don’t ignore the scale. A mere ten pounds can make a substantial difference in your overall health. Being overweight puts you at risk for more health problems. According the Mayo Clinic, the more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin. Weight loss is even a method for some people to treat their Type 2 diabetes, even just initially.
2. Make wise food choices. Healthy eating is important for all of us, even those who don’t have diabetes! Avoid added sodium, sugar, and large amounts of starchy foods. Fill up on fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Choose grilled meats, like chicken, and opt for lean cuts of pork or beef. Lower fat dairy products like skim-milk and low-fat yogurt are both great additions as well.
3. Get active! Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week is great for getting your heart rate up and keeping it strong. Choosing activities like brisk walking, swimming, or biking are good options. Adding in strength training and stretching will help to build muscle and maintain flexibility.
4. Follow your treatment plan. Listen to your doctor’s instructions when it comes to what type of treatment plan may be best for you. If you are taking medication, remember to take the proper dosage at the right time.
5. Stay educated. Diseases like diabetes come with a greater risk of complications for other health problems like eye problems, stroke, heart disease, and foot issues. Knowing what to look for may help you to recognize signs of another issue before something becomes serious.
Knowledge is key when it comes to managing diabetes and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A few simple changes can pave the way to a happier, healthier you.
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