Staying healthy and having that toned body that you see on TV ads shouldn’t be that hard and it all lies on three basic principles – regular exercise, balanced and nutritious diet, and a positive mindset. Still, some people end up with certain medical conditions even though they have maintained a healthy lifestyle. One of the most common modern-day conditions is diabetes. And though inactivity and diet are one of the main reasons for it, stress is a huge factor, and even if you are implementing healthy habits but stressing over any situation, you are at huge risk of developing diabetes and many potentially life-threatening conditions. Last but not least, genetics play a huge role and diabetes is highly influenced by it.
As you might know, there are two types of diabetes. Diabetes 1, or the so-called insulin-dependent diabetes, and diabetes 2, which is a milder one, but still something that requires strict discipline and healthy habits in order to be controlled. There are tons of medications that are intended for diabetes control (apart from insulin doses that diabetes 1 patients take), but we shouldn’t forget the importance of lifestyle changes.
Without further ado, let’s go ahead and take a look at the few tips on how to control your diabetes!
Tips On Controlling Diabetes
- First and foremost, diet is the key. If you are suffering from diabetes, you should exclude all the foods that could cause sugar spikes, and worsen your condition. This includes refined sugars, trans fats, fatty meats, and similar. On the other hand, you should focus on foods like whole grains, non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, beans and legumes, nuts, fish, eggs, and lean types of meat. Excluding high GI processed foods is a must.
- Along with that, by losing weight, you will be able to lower your glucose levels and contribute to your overall health. Exercising at least a few times a week is an essential thing when we are talking about a healthy lifestyle, and especially if you are suffering from diabetes. Losing that excess belly fat can go a long way considering your condition.
- Let’s not forget the importance of sleep and a healthy sleep routine. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night is extremely important and will allow you to go through your daily routine with ease. Along with that, with a healthy sleep routine, your sugar levels will be under control, and you will not suffer from sudden spikes that could be caused by sleep apnea or insomnia. Apart from diet, you should be reducing caffeine levels a few hours before your sleep and make the atmosphere as calm and pleasant as you possibly can. With multiple external stimuli like TV, mobile phone, and radio being on you might have trouble falling asleep and getting that good night rest.
- Last but not least certain medications could be of help when it comes to putting diabetes under control. Farxiga is an FDA-approved medication that controls blood sugar levels and can be of huge aid in treating diabetes 2, and in patients with diabetes 1, it can help reduce the needed insulin doses. Some studies even claim that it can be of benefit considering health loss, but that is not proved so we will not be coming with verdicts on that claim.
Diabetes is a medical condition that can be caused by genetical factors, and certain lifestyle habits as well. The above-mentioned tips are just some of the few most important considering putting this kind of a condition under control – and remember healthy lifestyle changes should stand before anything!