Get Up and Get Moving - Tips for Living an Active Lifestyle with Common Incurable Diseases

Optimum health is the ideal outcome for most of us these days. Be that as it may, not everyone is dealt the same hand. There are those that live a full life without ever having so much as the common cold and those who are suddenly diagnosed with a non-terminal yet incurable disease, such as, asthma or diabetes. While these medical conditions can certainly make living life a bit more complex, that doesn’t mean you should crawl under the bed and allow life to pass you by. 

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With careful planning and the help of certain resources, you can do all the things you enjoy doing while still taking care of your health.

Being Active with Asthma

Did you know that there are more than 25 million Americans diagnosed with asthma? Asthma is a long term disease that seriously affects the lungs. The disease causes the lung’s passageways to become narrow due to inflammation. As a result, it can make it very difficult for an individual with asthma to breathe. While generally diagnosed during childhood, asthma is a long term disease that can carry into adulthood.

Though this disease can be challenging to deal with at times, it does not have to be the end of the world. In fact, most medical professionals will encourage you to be active as a means of improving your overall health. The trick is to find ways to stay active while remaining conscious of your health.

Below are a few suggestions on how to do this:

  • Walk Don’t Run – maybe you can’t try out for a marathon of sorts, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get out and enjoy some fresh air. Instead of running or jogging to get moving, you can walk at a consistent pace. Walking is a lot less strenuous on the lungs than running and allows you to still burn calories and tone your body.
  • Take Several Breaks – to prevent an asthma flare up, it is best that whatever activities you’re participating in, that you don’t overwork yourself. If you’re hitting the gym, do less intense exercises and take breaks in between repetitions to allow your lungs to rest.
  • Keep Emergency Medications on Hand – If you’re been prescribed emergency response medication to be taken in the event of an asthma attack, make sure you have it with you at all times. They now have mini pouches that allow you to clip your asthma medication to your pants or attach it to your key chain.

Do you love to participate in charity events, such as, the annual Walk Now for Autism charity event in LA but fear your asthma will prevent you from enjoying yourself?  If you have your emergency medications, take plenty of breaks and pace yourself, you can participate in things such as this without a problem.  

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Being Active with Diabetes

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 9.2% of the American population has been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is described as a metabolic disease that prevents the body from either producing enough or responding accordingly to insulin. This causes the individual to develop high blood sugar.  While this is another long term illness, with the proper medications, and lifestyle changes (diet and exercise) individuals are able to live a perfectly normal life with diabetes.

Though diabetes is not as physically debilitating as asthma might be (unless you’re not properly caring for your condition), there are still some who fail to live an active lifestyle as a result of their medical condition. Though those suffering from diabetes have to watch what they eat and monitor their blood sugar levels, this does not mean that they shouldn’t do things that they enjoy.

Here are a few suggestions on how to accomplish that:

  • Manage Your Diabetes Accordingly – when you’re diagnosed with diabetes, your primary care physician will likely provide you with educational resources on how to best manage your diabetes. This will mean eating well balanced meals and snacks throughout the day, monitoring your glucose levels, and maintaining a safe weight. By following the doctor’s orders and staying on top of your condition, you can often live a life of normalcy.
  • Keep Snacks on Hand – those who suffer from diabetes can experience instances where their blood sugar levels spike or rise causing an array of uncomfortable symptoms. To prevent this, having small nutritional snacks and water on hand can do the trick. When your sugar drops, eating something like a banana can bring it back. By having these on hand, you can still participate in activities of your choice.
  • Monitor Your Levels Closely – Often the best prevention for experiencing a drop or spike in sugar levels is to carefully and frequently monitor your glucose levels. When most diabetes sufferers think about monitoring their glucose levels, they think about having to carry around a monitor, testing strips, and a small needle to prick themselves. However, technology today allows diabetic patients to monitor their sugar levels in a less evasive and cumbersome way. Continuous glucose monitoring technology now allows diabetics to continually monitor their sugar levels with a simple finger sensor that reads blood sugar levels and sends the information right to your cell phone.

So if you were looking to go surfing at Long Beach, no worries. Pack some water, a few small snacks and your sensor will allow you to catch the best waves while still caring for your health.

Whether you’re into hiking, riding a bike, or catching the waves at the shore, your preexisting medical conditions don’t have to slow you down. The key to living an active lifestyle is educating yourself on your health condition, listening to the doctor’s orders, and having a plan of action in place. Sitting at home all summer long is no way to enjoy your life. So stop allowing it to pass you by and learn how to get active while keeping your health first.  

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