Living with diabetes can be a struggle to come to terms with. Being diagnosed with any health condition can be a scary time.
Getting treatment is only part of the battle, especially as it is a lifelong condition.
One such condition that can have a massive impact on your life is diabetes.
Diabetes can be either Type 1 or Type 2.
- Type 1 is when you don’t produce any insulin as the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce it, resulting in an immune problem.
- Type 2 diabetes is when your body doesn’t make enough or react appropriately to the insulin.
Both can profoundly affect your lifestyle and mean you must make changes to accommodate your new health status.
The following tips can help to give some idea of what life is like for those living with diabetes or to help you manage your condition more manageable.
Learn As Much As Possible
You should learn as much as you can about your type of diabetes to be more informed about your condition.
Talk to your doctor and find out as much information online from support groups and charities set up for diabetes, such as diabetes.org.uk.
Once you understand what is happening inside your body better, you can put proper measures in place to help you stay fit with reality as much as possible.
Change Your Food Habits
While there is no such thing as a specific diabetes diet, there are habits you can make to help you avoid any potential problems.
While strictly speaking, there are no foods off the table, the healthier your diet is, the better. Knowing what is in different foods can go a long way to helping you manage your condition.
It will help you to ensure you know how much energy you have and how your insulin levels are being affected by your food choices.
It can also be worthwhile looking at chocolate for diabetics and eating low glycemic starches to help you avoid raising your glucose levels too quickly.
All in all, following a healthy balanced diet and monitoring your intake can help you to live a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise is a great way to manage your diabetes, and keeping fit can help you stay on top of your health easier and avoid further health conditions.
You should aim for around 30 minutes of exercise per day for 5 days a week that makes you sweat.
Of course, how hard you push yourself and exercise depends on your body and how you feel, but the more active you are, the easier it will be to manage your diabetes.
Manage Stress Levels
Your blood sugar levels rise when you are stressed, so reducing stress is necessary.
While being diagnosed with diabetes can be stress-inducing, learning how to deal with significant life stressors effectively can help you reduce raised blood sugar levels and keep you well.
Go To The Doctor
You must keep up with your doctor visits and check-ups to ensure you aren’t missing anything with your health and that your diabetes is under control properly.
While you might be able to do an excellent job of managing it from day to day, you might find that your visit opens your eyes to new ways to live your life.
You will also be able to find tips and devices that can help you manage your diabetes better.
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a worrying time; however, learning as much as you can about the type of diabetes you have and how to live with it going forward can serve you well in the long run and help you to make the most of living with this chronic condition.
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