Aim for a healthy weight
When you have extra weight, this can cause an increase in blood sugar. Maintaining a healthy weight can keep your blood sugar at more normal levels and better overall health. Keeping your BMI between 18.5 – 24.9 is optimal.
Exercise is very important when it comes to managing or preventing type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise can help lower weight, stress levels, blood pressure, bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Even just adding walks into your day can make a difference. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least four times a week.
Having a healthy diet is a lifestyle change, and that can be hard for people. It is however, crucial in preventing or managing diabetes.
Keep refined carbs in check, they tend to affect your blood sugar the most. Know how many carbohydrates are in the food you’re eating to keep them at the level you need to be for managing your blood sugar.
Avoid processed sugar. Sugar in the form of sucrose or high fructose corn syrup can spike blood sugar rapidly. For people with diabetes, it is especially dangerous. Use stevia extract as an alternative sweetener. It’s natural, calorie-free, and won’t spike blood sugar.
Be on top of your schedule
Diabetes requires an everyday awareness as well as a schedule when it comes to medication and insulin. If you have trouble remembering to take your medication or test yourself regularly, try setting reminders on your phone or keep a calendar near by. Consistency can make all the difference.
Neuropathy is one result of diabetes, acupuncture can help reduce this nerve pain by boosting the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever. Acupuncture has almost no side effects and is a great complementary option to reducing chronic pain.