Diabetes: Tips for developing healthy habits

 

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A healthy outlook for a person with diabetes largely depends on how well you manage your blood glucose. You’ve probably been told to eat healthier, exercise more, test your blood sugar and see your health care provider on a regular basis. Here are some additional tips for better health with diabetes:

Move daily to increase energy and feel better
Increasing physical activity helps improve your blood sugar control and reduces the risk of heart disease and nerve problems. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days per week. If it’s cold outside, consider walking indoors, around your house or at a department store or mall.

Eat a healthy diet
Choose healthy carbohydrates, fiber-rich foods, lean meats and good fats. Watch portion size! Have healthy snacks available in case you get the munchies. Resist the urge to keep treats at home but instead opt for healthier snacks and fruit.

Relax daily
Yes! Stress can raise blood sugar. Take time for yourself each day and do something that you enjoy such as reading a book or working on a hobby.

Maintain good health by taking time for prevention
Healthy lifestyle choices may decrease your chances of developing complications from diabetes.

  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Don’t smoke or use other kinds of tobacco
  • Take your medications and insulin as directed
  • Wear a medical alert identification (ID)
  • Know your numbers — A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight

Sleep enough to wake up renewed and refreshed
This can make it easier for you to control your blood sugar.

Discover meaning and purpose in your life
You can live a happy, healthy and full life with diabetes. Look for education opportunities to help you manage your diabetes. Make time to do things that bring you joy and explore new ways to have fun.

Don’t stress yourself out! Decide on one goal and make your goal SMART:

Specific: What are you going to do?
Measurable: How will you track your progress?
Achievable: What steps will you take to make this happen?
Realistic: Can you see yourself doing this?
Time-framed: When will you do this?

Adapted from Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E

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