7 Tips for managing Diabetes

Diabetes can easily be managed with a healthy lifestyle and medication, more than 90% people with diabetes have diabetes type 2 and around 10% have diabetes type 1. Living well and managing diabetes type 1 requires insulin injections, as insulin is not being produced in the body or it’s too little for body needs. With adequate diet, exercise and regular glucose monitoring you can live a fulfilling and complete life. Here are seven expert tips for managing diabetes.

  • Start being active; walk your way up to the office from parking lot, take stairs, for sedentary people walking 10 minutes everyday for 3 days a week is initially recommended, you can make it up to 20-30 minutes gradually.

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  • Track your exercise and diabetes medication with a smartphone app, apps are useful to help you not forget the daily schedule of taking insulin and medication.

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  • Eat foods with low glycemic index, such as fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains and nuts. High fiber foods keep your blood glucose in balance.

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  • Look for support when it comes to weight loss, consult a dietician, a health coach or work out with a partner or friend. It’s easier to lose weight with moral support available.

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  • Always check your toes whenever you come back from a walk or running, diabetics are more prone to skin infections in the extremities.

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  • Black tea can help regulate blood sugar, have healthy fats from almonds, walnuts, olive oil and avocados. And don’t forget to drink a lot of water.

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  • Monitor your blood glucose regularly, particularly before and after a workout.