A diabetes diagnosis is not a death sentence. Many people live long and happy years with this illness. However, once diagnosed you will need to make some major changes to your lifestyle, and it won’t always be easy.
You don’t have to let your diabetes be in control of you, you can take control of it by eating right, getting some exercise, and keeping an eye on your insulin levels. Regular visits with your doctor are important as well.
Many people think that there are foods they can eat and eat, and stuff themselves on, and it’s fine. While for the general public, eating a lot of vegetables may be OK, it’s not OK to eat anything in excess for diabetics.
As a diabetic, you need to track all of your foods for the amount of sugars and proteins you are taking in. When you were diagnosed you got some info on how to change your diet and in order to stay healthy you should be living by that plan.
Everyone slips up once in a while on any kind of diet, whether you’re just dieting to lose weight or you have to eat a specific way to be healthy. Don’t let mistakes get you down. just vow not to make them often!
Regular exercise is important for everyone, whether they’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or not. The health benefits of regular physical fitness are basically the same for every person. You lower your risk of heart disease, you raise your chances of weight loss, and exercise also helps fight depression.
For diabetics, exercise can also work to lower your blood sugar levels. As well, losing weight is a great step towards controlling your illness. For people trying to prevent the onset of diabetes, fighting obesity is also important.
You don’t have to be skinny to be healthy. In fact, people can be underweight as well. And even people at a healthy weight can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However, you will just have more overall positive health benefits if you get a quick thirty minutes of exercise 5 days a week.
Monitor Your Health
Last, but not least, those with diabetes need to constantly be monitoring their health. It can help to keep a food diary that includes your insulin levels after meals. This way you’ll be able to find out if certain foods you thought were good aren’t so good for you. And, you may find your slip up didn’t affect your counts at all.
Part of monitoring your health should also include regular doctor checkups. Make sure to talk to your doctor or nurse about any issues or concerns you have. You can also bring in your food diary to go over certain things with them.
You can live a normal life with diabetes, you just have to make sure it’s a healthy life!