Diabetes is a common disease that affects over 29 million Americans. It can lead to serious, often life-threatening complications if not appropriately controlled. Luckily, you can do some simple things each day to help manage your diabetes and stop it from getting worse.
These four tips will help you control your diabetes and keep the symptoms at bay:
Use a blood sugar monitor to track your levels and keep them in the healthy range
In the recent past, where technology is taking over, people with diabetes should not be left behind. There are blood sugar monitors that you can use to monitor your sugar levels at home. If it is high, then you need to take the necessary steps like taking insulin or changing what you are eating, for example
When your sugar levels are low, you can take medication or eat some foods that will help increase the level.
Mobile applications are also available for those who are always on the go. A diabetes app can help track your sugar levels and remind you of what to do. The list of apps you can use is long and includes apps like MyFitnessPal and Rebel + Mina.
Eat breakfast every day, even if it’s just an apple
Skipping breakfast has been shown to lead to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Studies show that people who eat breakfast have higher energy levels throughout the day than those who don’t. Another benefit is that you may be more likely to make healthier choices later in the day if it’s not already part of your morning routine.
This is the most important meal of your day. When you skip breakfast, your blood sugar level starts to rise. Breakfast helps get it back down again by providing energy and slowing digestion, so glucose enters the bloodstream more slowly than if we didn’t eat anything at all. Eating a healthy breakfast can also help prevent overeating later in the day when hunger strikes.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day
Exercising regularly is one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar levels. One study found that individuals who exercised for 40 minutes daily lowered their chances of developing type-II diabetes by 58%.
Exercise can also help you sleep better, lower your cholesterol, boost your mood, and strengthen your muscles–all without counting calories! Get up from in front of that computer screen or TV set for at least 30 minutes each day and move around.
When it comes to exercising, there are no shortcuts. Choose an activity you enjoy and make it a habit! Some of the common types of exercises include walking, jogging, biking, or swimming.
Get enough sleep and take care of yourself with rest, relaxation, and hydration
Health experts agree that diabetes is best managed by controlling your weight, exercising in moderation, and eating healthfully. But it can be tough to maintain these healthy habits when it’s hard to get enough sleep or don’t have time for exercise.
It’s essential to take care of yourself with rest, relaxation and hydration, so you’re better able to manage the other two components of good diabetes management.
Getting enough sleep is essential for good health, but it can also be challenging to get the recommended seven to nine hours of rest per night if you have diabetes.
Some experts say that exercising during missed or poor-quality sleep helps insomnia by increasing blood flow and metabolism in your body. This doesn’t mean you should exercise all day—just a 30-minute workout before bed might do the trick. Avoid exercising too close to bedtime because it may keep you awake afterward as well!
An excellent way to promote a good night’s sleep and make sure you’re getting enough rest is to drink plenty of fluids during the day. Drinking water before bedtime also helps regulate your body’s temperature and helps promote a good night’s sleep.
Health experts also recommend that you establish a sleep environment in your bedroom that’s conducive to sleep. This includes creating a room temperature that is cool and dark, using earplugs if necessary, dimming the lights from electronics before bedtime, and taking time for relaxation at night by reading or meditating.
Investing in quality mattresses and pillows can also help you get more restful sleep.
There are a lot of things that can affect your blood sugar levels. Luckily, you have some options for keeping them in the healthy range and restoring balance to your body with just a few simple changes in lifestyle behaviors. With these tips, it’s easier than ever before.
Ellen Diamond did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.