A handy guide to living healthy with Diabetes

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A diagnosis of diabetes is like a wake up call. It is an indication that your body is not happy with the way things are and a change of lifestyle is in the offing. Attention to your diet and exercise and maintaining a healthy weight is the way to diabetes control and will in fact lead you towards a healthier life.

A controlled Diet
Paying attention to what and how much you eat goes a long way towards managing diabetes. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean meats (if you desire) are desirable while processed food or drinks packed with unhealthy fats, sodium or sugars are to be avoided. Guidelines provided with plans like the ‘My Plate’ method can act like a checklist. Even occasional indulgence is ok if it is tempered with reducing calories elsewhere and increased exercise.

Weight Control
Shedding those extra kilos will reduce the strain on your body and improve your sugar levels. While being overweight is not always the only cause of diabetes, excess weight especially around the belly has been correlated with higher blood sugar levels. Optimal weight is also good for your cardiovascular system.

Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is critical to a diabetic’s life. Even without weight loss, exercise improves glucose absorption by cells and thus helps reduce blood glucose levels. Aerobic exercises are the best. But it is advisable to include muscle building exercises to get better results. The overall health benefits of regular exercise to your health are an added benefit.

Stress Management
Stress has been known to have a negative impact on blood sugar levels. Learning to respond positively to stress and adopting stress management techniques contribute to your diabetes control plan, but it can also add a lot of value to your general happiness and satisfaction. Meditation, massage, yoga – choose what works for you and enjoy the benefits.

Almost all of the recommended diabetes management techniques are not just helpful in controlling sugar levels, but also are healthy habits on their own merit. As such with a little commitment and control you can live a healthy and fulfilling life even with diabetes.