Diabetes is a progressive, lifestyle disease that needs to be carefully monitored and kept in check in order to live a long comfortable life. If left unchecked, diabetes can lead to other severe health complications such as glaucoma, heart disease, neurological damage, etc. which in turn can severely deteriorate the quality of life. Here are some strategies that you can follow to keep your diabetes in check:
Optimize you food choices:
Blood glucose levels are majorly impacted by food. By optimizing mealtime choices, especially carbohydrates, diabetes management and overall health can be improved to a great extent as carbohydrates can raise blood sugar levels much more than protein and fat. This requires extra monitoring and management with available insulin. Reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat during a meal or choose carbohydrates lower on the glycemic index. Avoid sugary drinks, soda and large amounts of fruit juice with added carbohydrates (unless you have hypoglycemia). Use portion control such as filling half your plate with veggies or salad and avoid directly eating out of food packages. As a general rule, try to eat foods that are as natural and minimally processed as possible such as fruits and vegetables and avoid highly processed foods (e.g., chips, candy) that are less filling and raise blood glucose levels.
Use the free drug -Exercise
Blood glucose levels can be lowered by regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes five days a week. It also helps the body to utilize the insulin that your body continues to make better and improve cholesterol levels. Something as simple as walking can lower blood glucose and improve the condition of the heart.
Keeping your diabetes in check will help you to enjoy life and all kinds of activities that you did before you got diagnosed with the disease. All it requires you to do, is make sensible choices and not give in to temptation. Happy Living!