Many people with diabetes lead active, full and long lives. Being aware of what makes your blood sugar rise and fall, and finding out easy ways to maintain your blood sugar within the target range is extremely important. Very often a few simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference.
Watch what you eat. What you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat all affect blood sugar. Try to eat at a regular time daily, and steer clear of “empty calories”. Avoiding fatty, heavy foods, and switching to a simple, healthy diet can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight; which, in turn will help keep your blood sugar levels in control.
Exercise regularly. Not only will exercise help insulin to work better, which will improve your diabetes control, it can help to control your weight. Furthermore, it can help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and reduce stress. Being physically active helps you feel better physically and mentally. Remember, exercise and diabetes control are inseparable.
Maintain a safe weight. Being overweight is a significant risk factor for people with diabetes. Losing weight and keeping it off can be really challenging. However, it is important to know that losing even a relatively small amount of weight can significantly reduce risks. That's why, if you are overweight, it's important to begin a weight loss program as soon as possible. Dieticians, weight-loss specialists, and some doctors can all suggest strategies to help you change old habits for new ones. Body Mass Index is a good starting point to finding how much you should weigh.
Join a Diabetes Support Group. When you have diabetes, one of the most positive things you can do is join a support group. There are nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes, and the number is growing d ramatically. Research shows that people with diabetes who take an active role in the management of their diabetes, especially through social support, will do better than those who don't. Try calling your local doctor, hospital or health center, which will often have links to diabetes health professionals and support groups.