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Diabetes Tips

Living with diabetes can be a challenge. You need constant monitoring and management, along with certain diet and lifestyle changes.


Basic principles like eating right, exercising on a regular basis, and maintaining a healthy weight can be equally contributing as medicine in the management of type 2 diabetes in most people.


Some common tips and changes that can help are:


1. Exercising often:To maximize your workout, try doing it in the morning, and it will help keep blood sugar levels down for the rest of the day. Per week 30-60 minutes will yield you the best results. Focus on your abdominal fat, as it tends to increase insulin resistance.


2. Control your sleep apnea: Diabetics are prone to this condition, in which breathing temporarily stops when sleeping. This complication can lead to a stroke or heart attack. If you have such a condition, it is advised to talk to your doctor and manage the condition at the earliest.


3. Stress management: Poor managed stress can lead to uncontrolled sugar levels. Try relaxing yourself and do not over-stress.You could do some yoga or deep breathing exercises for the same.


4. Avoid caffeinated drinks: Craving high energy drinks or sugar/caffeine drinks can do more harm than any good.


5. Stick to your time: Make it a practice to wake up and sleep at the same time daily. A regular routine will confuse your body less.


6. Choose healthy foods: The food you consume has a direct impact on your blood sugar levels. Opt for fibre rich and low GI foods. Do not completely eliminate carbs, but make sure to have a low-carb diet.


Foods that help:

❖ Leafy Greens
❖ Cinnamon
❖ Eggs and Fish
❖ Turmeric
❖ Yogurt
❖ Nuts: like almonds and cashews
❖ Edible Seeds: like Chia and Flax Seeds.


There are certain types of food that should be completely striked off your list in your how to control your blood sugar plan.


1. Foods high in saturated fats
2. High trans fats food
3. Shellfish
4. Baked goods
5. Refined sugar
6. Sweetened food items
7. Processed snacks and food items
8. Fried or salty food
9. Dairy products with high fat.


Talk to your medical advisor about how you can incorporate these changes. Based on your age, condition and lifestyle choices he/she can better carve out your treatment plan along with medication if necessary.


Certain management practices can have a drastic impact on your blood sugar levels and help control diabetes and its related symptoms.
To make sure these changes are actually doing you good, invest in a glucometer. A glucometer is a self blood sugar checking device and can be used to monitor and manage your sugar levels from the comfort of where your are.

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