Diabetes is a way of life, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from living to the fullest.
Diabetes is a serious condition that challenges you every day. Of most importance is regulating your blood sugar level, and that requires vigilance and discipline. When managing diabetes, moderation is key; too much dessert or too little exercise can be harmful. November is American Diabetes Month so we would like to share 5 great tips for staying in shape while living with diabetes.
- Visit your doctor regularly. Your physician can tailor a treatment program to meet your needs. Always consult your doctor before embarking on a new exercise program or dietary change, and take your medication as instructed.
- Exercise daily. Exercise decreases glucose in the blood stream, making it a fantastic way to control your diabetes. Walking at a vigorous pace or swimming provides a low-impact workout that raises your heart rate and strengthens muscles.
- Inspect yourself. Exercise and eating well help you drop pounds, which in turn lessens negative effects of diabetes. Even moderate weight loss counts. Also, examine your feet regularly. They reveal a lot about your health as a diabetic, so report any skin changes – even small cuts – to your doctor.
- You are what you eat. Fiber, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and whole grains provide vitamins and antioxidants that fight disease and also make you feel full sooner than other foods. In other words, they cure you from the inside and help you lose weight. Don’t forget the nuts! Remember to hydrate and cut the salt.
- Take time to relax. Stress is a real danger for a diabetic because it can raise your blood sugar level. If you experience depression or anxiety, find a good friend or a professional to talk to. Remember to get adequate sleep and try yoga or meditation.
To learn more, visit the American Diabetes Association. Call us today if you have questions or concerns about diabetes management. Denton Regional Medical Center has physicians to help and guide you. Please call 1-855-477-DRMC (3762) for a physician referral.