If you are living with diabetes, Type I or Type II, and are searching for ways to naturally manage it, you can make some immediate changes to see improvement. Try a few of these tips to improve diabetes and your overall health:
- Add strength training into your weekly routine. Strength training requires glucose, which helps to decrease your blood sugar levels. In addition, your body learns to use glucose more efficiently with strength-training exercises.
- Eat small meals throughout the day. To maintain healthy blood sugar levels, try to avoid getting hungry. One way to do this is to eat six small meals instead of three large meals.
- Avoid eating hidden sugars. You already know that pure sugar is not healthy for you when you have diabetes. However, it is also important to pay attention to sugar that is listed on ingredients of foods such as ketchup, yogurt, and dried fruits.
- Perform cardiovascular exercise on a daily basis. Cardio exercises such as cycling, running, swimming, dancing and walking burn calories and help you maintain a healthy weight. A healthy weight helps your body maintain proper blood sugar levels and helps you avoid diabetes-related health risks such as heart disease and stroke.
- Monitor your sugar levels. With this discussion surrounding blood sugar levels, remember to monitor your sugar. It can be easy to forget when you get busy or when you feel good, but keeping track of your sugar levels is important. Also, pay attention to levels following exercise, meals, and stress.
- Decrease stress levels. Stress increases your body’s production of hormones and these hormones can interfere with your blood sugar levels. Find solutions to decrease stress such as exercise, including yoga, meditation, listening to music or performing deep breathing exercises.
- Watch your intake of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates in the form of breads, cereals, and pasta cause a quick increase in blood sugar levels. Your body requires some carbohydrates for energy, but monitor your intake of them and track your sugar level after consumption to determine what amount is best for you.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcoholic drinks also cause an increase in blood sugar. If you overdo alcohol intake, you may find that you fall asleep unintentionally which can create dangerous situations at home or at work.
- Increase your fiber intake. Add a variety of vegetables to your meals and snacks. Include vegetables such as asparagus, kale, beans and spinach on your daily menu to regulate sugar and keep you feeling full and able to eat your six smaller meals.
- Visit your doctor regularly. Your doctor is your best source of information to personalize your care plan. Before you begin an exercise program or change your diet, speak with your doctor about which changes are best for you. Your doctor will also monitor your sugar levels and your A1C to track your improvements.
You can manage your diabetes by making healthy choices. After a while, these choices become habits and you will see lasting improvements in your diabetes and overall health.