Diabetes is categorized as a lifestyle disease and disorder. This clearly indicates that it can be largely managed by making certain alterations to one’s lifestyle. The key to any successful intervention, especially when it comes to diabetes management, is to work closely with your doctor and to be consistent with your efforts. Here are some changes in your diet and lifestyle that could bring a remarkable change to your health:
If you have not been actively working out – it is time to start now! Doctors and fitness experts recommend just about 30 minutes of workout every day. Again, this need not be a rigorous gym workout and you do not have to shell out a large amount of money to get the best trainers. Find what interests you first. Example: swimming, walking, running, hiking, etc. Set a target of staying consistent at your preferred activity. You could always decide to seek professional help after you have a rhythm in your workout plan. The key is to be able to sweat and breathe harder, which helps in reducing your stress levels and most importantly your blood sugar levels too.
2. Eating habits
There is only one golden rule with respect to diet if you have diabetes — “no fasting and no feasting.” There is also no particular food that is off the limits too unless your doctor specifically says that you should not eat a particular fruit or so. For example: In case there is an increase of potassium in the body, doctors may recommend a specific diet pattern. Otherwise, ensure to get plenty of vegetables and fruits but in moderation. There should never be too much of anything. Stick to non-dairy products and lean meat. Cut consumption of direct sugar entirely. Instead of eating three times a day, reduce your portion size and increase the frequency of meals.
3. Be mindful
You should never be carried away by the situation. Social circumstances like a party and family get togethers may coerce you to take an extra glass of alcohol or smoke a cigarette or two more, perhaps. Ensure to be aware of the ill effects it might bring you. There is no harm in indulging within the limits that your doctor has assigned for you. However, ensure not to step out of these boundaries.
4. Regular checkups
Unfortunately enough, diabetes brings with it a host of other possible complications if left uncontrolled. For example, retinopathy and cardiovascular and renal complications are just a few among the many. Hence, ensure to not miss your doctor’s appointment. Also learn about all the crucial parameters like cholesterol, blood pressure, HbA1c, and what makes these levels to fluctuate. One must also know what needs to be done in order to manage them effectively.
5. Take regular breaks
The key is to reduce stress so that your sugar levels do not go up. Even short breaks could help you to manage your stress levels. Experts also believe that if you spend time doing what you like to do, preferably an outdoor activity, it could largely help in bringing about a balance in your health, thereby maintaining your sugar levels.