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3 Tips for Managing Diabetes

Posted 10-22-2013 02:19 PM by ChristaIB
Updated 10-22-2013 02:49 PM by ChristaIB

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November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Now is the time to stop taking this diagnosis lightly and start making better choices for your health. Though some doctors say that diabetes is incurable, a number of people have conquered it through better diet, exercise and weight loss. Here are three simple tips for managing diabetes and having a more positive outlook about this condition.

1. Commit to Losing Weight

The majority of people who are able to lower their blood sugar levels and eliminate the symptoms of diabetes do so by losing weight. When you carry excess weight, the pancreas has to produce up to two or three times more insulin to properly manage the sugar (glucose) in the blood. This puts undue pressure on the pancreas and eventually it can’t make insulin properly. Dropping weight gives the pancreas a better shot at producing enough insulin to manage the sugar in your blood.

2. Make Better Food Choices

One of the most important things to do when managing diabetes is to make smarter choices about the food you eat. Sugar isn’t just in cakes and cookies—it’s also in fruits, breads, pasta and potatoes. Foods that are high in carbohydrates can also drive up your blood sugar levels. You have to start reading labels at the supermarket and knowing the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in the food that you want to eat.

Increase the amount of green vegetables in your diet, like spinach and broccoli. These foods are high in antioxidants and help your body fight off disease. Choose whole grain options over things like white bread and standard pasta. Fill yourself up with lean proteins, like beans, chicken and fish. And, many diabetics who still like to eat or drink things that are sweet can use sugar alternatives, like Sucralose, instead of processed white sugar.

3. Painless Blood Testing

In order to properly manage something, you need to keep tabs on it. When managing diabetes it is important to keep tabs on your blood sugar (glucose) level and watch as it declines with better diet and weight loss. Some people who have been diagnosed with diabetes don’t like testing themselves because it can be painful. Now there are more comfortable ways to test glucose. One option is to test your tears or saliva instead of blood. There are also some devices that can determine your current levels with a breath test. Check with your doctor about the availability of these newer devices.

Being diagnosed with diabetes isn’t the end of the world—in fact, it could be the beginning of you reaching your best body and highest health level ever. It’s an opportunity to learn more about your body and make better choices. Talk to your doctor and consult a nutritionist about changing your diet, losing weight and getting all of the tools that you need to better manage your condition.

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    Point 1 is in the case of "skinny diabetics" totally erroneous.
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    Posted 11-01-2013 at 11:59 AM by Coll1e Coll1e is offline
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    Thanks for your comment Coll1e. We understand that individuals each have different needs, and always encourage people to consult a physician about which steps for disease management are right for them. This blog provides general information and tips that may apply to a wide audience, based on information accepted by medical professionals. Thanks for being part of HealthBoards!
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    Posted 11-01-2013 at 01:24 PM by ChristaIB ChristaIB is offline
 

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