Eating healthily is a must when it comes to managing diabetes. According to Mayo Clinic, “[a] diabetes diet is a healthy-eating plan that’s naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories. Key elements are fruits, vegetables and whole grains. In fact, a diabetes diet is the best eating plan for most everyone.”
Hydrate with lots of water
Healthy eating and water consumption tend to go hand-in-hand. A 2019 study led by Arizona State University researcher Stavros Kavouras found that diabetes patients could regulate their glucose levels significantly better when they were properly hydrated. The ADA’s Diabetes Plate Method notes that drinking water with meals “is the best choice because it contains no calories or carbohydrates and has no effect on blood sugar.”
Get regular exercise
Being active is beneficial for everyone but for people with diabetes, the ADA says it can improve blood sugar control of Type 2 diabetes and help prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes altogether. Exercise can also build insulin sensitivity for people with Type 1 diabetes. It’s recommended that all adults — especially those with Type 2 diabetes — lessen their daily idle time.
In addition to exercising regularly, weight loss can aid in preventing diabetes-related complications like heart disease and stroke. It could even lead you to reverse diabetes, according to WebMD. It’s important to note, though, that diabetes patients won’t be cured of the disease. Since it’s a chronic condition, there is always the chance that symptoms could come back.
Keep your stress low
Today’s Dietitian reported that when under stress, the hormone cortisol fuels the body with glucose, which produces a flight-or-flight response. When elevated long-term, however, it can cause raised blood sugar levels.