Tips for a Diabetes-Friendly Lifestyle

Remaining physically active is a key component in controlling diabetes.
Remaining physically active is a key component in controlling diabetes.
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Maintaining a diabetic-friendly lifestyle is key to managing your diabetes on a daily basis.

Keeping food and blood glucose records is reported over and over again to be the most helpful thing you can do for yourself. This is hard work, but when you see a problem developing you can take action to correct it.

Here are some tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for someone with diabetes and how to keep it under control:

Control Blood Sugar Levels. Continue to control your blood glucose, even if this requires changes in medications during the next year.

Continue to be physically active. Try to accumulate 30 to 60 minutes of activity nearly every day of the week.

Continue to eat healthy foods. Nutrient-rich items such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods are a great start. If you occasionally enjoy a sweet, keep the portion size small or share it with a friend.

Furthermore, people who exercise regularly also do better with their food choices and eating habits.

Most importantly, individuals need support. Family, friends, and your health-care team can provide encouragement when you get tired or discouraged if things do not go well.

Remember, everyone has "bad days" -- the trick is to get back on the "right track" as soon as possible.

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