5 Effective Ways to Improve Your Health as a Diabetic

Type 2 diabetes may be on the increase around the world. But you can improve your health if you make a few simple lifestyle changes. These changes will have a more positive effect on your health than taking a lot of medication. If you are prepared to make some positive changes to keep diabetes under control, this is how to start.

1 Improve Your Eating Habits


Monitor your diet closely. A healthy diet for a diabetic will include fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and low fat dairy or yogurt. You can also eat vegetables like lettuce, carrots or broccoli that are low in starch. Get a table of glycemic index of foods and avoid eating those that have a high GI value. Foods to avoid include: soda, white rice and white bread.

2 Shed Excess Weight


Losing weight will enable you to control your blood sugar level and keep diabetes under control. You won't have to lose a great amount of weight to see a major difference. Shedding about 15 pounds can reduce your glucose levels. You should also strive to shed as much belly fat because fat in the belly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

3 Do Regular Exercise


Whether you lose weight or not, doing regular exercise can help you control diabetes. Getting involved in physical activities like walking, jogging and cycling helps your muscles to contract and push the glucose from your blood to your cells. This ultimately results in improved blood sugar levels. You can increase your comfort during exercise by wearing diabetic shoes.

4 Manage Sleep Apnea (Snoring)


Unfortunately, many people who have diabetes also suffer from sleep apnea, which is also known as snoring. A person who suffers from sleep apnea experiences temporarily blockage in breathing during sleep. This can increase the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. The blood sugar levels will also be more unstable during sleep. 

5 Cut Down Stress


Research has shown that stress makes it more difficult for the body to control blood sugar. To overcome stress, you should engage in activities like yoga, meditation, tai chi and massage. Listening to soothing music is also a good stress buster. You should also try deep breathing, especially before going to bed at night. Other things you can do to reduce stress include: avoiding alcohol and caffeine at night, blocking out noise and light and going to bed at the same time each night to set a regular sleep schedule.

Applying these health management tips can have a positive effect on your blood sugar levels and help you to live a healthy and happy life.

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