Awareness is the key to diabetes management. Knowing what causes fluctuations in blood sugar levels, and proactively acting on it is vital.
Lifestyle today is one of the main causes of precipitating diabetes in people who already have a predisposition to it. This is particularly for developing type 2 diabetes. Life is so fast paced and stressful, that we are neglecting some of the main contributing lifestyle factors to diabetes.
Healthy eating is a foundation of healthy living. Diabetics need to know that foods affect blood sugar levels. The type of food you eat, how much you eat and the combinations of food types you eat, are factors you must keep in mind. A key to effectively manage diabetes is learning how to count carbohydrates, as they are the foods that often have the largest influence on your blood sugar levels.
As far as possible, plan for every meal to have a good mix of starches, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats. These foods are low in carbohydrates and have fiber that helps keep your blood sugar levels more steady. Even if you eat out in a restaurant you can be more conscious and order healthy dishes.
Try to avoid eating junk food- wafers, cookies, biscuits and beverages loaded with unnecessary sugar content. This could lead to obesity- another contributing lifestyle factor.
Maintain a healthy weight. Obese people have been found to have a predisposition to developing type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight, reducing your weight by 5% to 10%, has been found to lower your chances of developing diabetes in half. A low-calorie, low-fat diet is recommended as the optimum manner to control your weight and prevent diabetes.
Physical activity is another integral component of your diabetes management plan. When you exercise, your muscles use glucose for energy. A regular exercise program helps your body use insulin more proficiently.