Diabetes is a chronic condition that can affect anyone, but especially those with diabetes. People with diabetes will often slave away at their jobs and spend countless hours performing tasks that require a high degree of physical fitness. They may also be very active on social media leading up to major events.
But what happens when their blood sugar levels get out of control? Are they able to maintain a healthy weight? Do they have the right foods and diets to keep their cholesterol, sugar, and carbs in check? Read on to find out how staying healthy with diabetes can help you live a healthier life.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that can be inherited or acquired. Inherited diabetes occurs when a person has an abnormal gene that causes the disease. If someone is born with diabetes, they usually get it because there is a problem with the cells in their body that are responsible for making and regulating insulin.
Diet and exercise can also cause type II diabetes. Inherited diabetes is often treatable with insulin, but sometimes people with a genetic condition cannot be prescribed insulin and must manage their condition with AIDs drugs. Depending on the cause, people with type I diabetes can also be given an AIDs drug. People with type II diabetes can be given metformin, which is a cancer treatment, or insulin, but most people with type II diabetes are given an anti-inflammatory drug called Eliquis.
How to have a healthy weight
While diet can affect the way your body responds to medication, there are lots of ways to help your body stay healthy and prevent diabetes. To lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you metabolize. How many calories you consume depends on your weight and activity level, but generally, you should aim to consume between 1,500 and 2,000 calories per day.
Some people need more calories than others, so it is important to understand your individual needs and make adjustments to help you reach your goals. One great way to track your calorie intake is with a foodjournal. You can also use a smartphone app to help you stay on track. You can also drink fluids and maintain your current weight by taking medication. If you are taking insulin, you should also be taking a diet supplement that contains a binder that holds water.
The right foods for diabetes
If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to consume a special diet to prevent complications. The diet should consist of whole foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fish, shellfish, healthy fats, and low-fat dairy products. Some people with type 2 diabetes can also benefit from a special diabetic diet.
The main food groups for people with diabetes are fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Fiber helps with digestion and regularity, while proteins and carbohydrates keep you feeling full and normal, and fats are easy for the body to store and use at a time of need.
For people with diabetes who also work out, it is important to them to maintain a healthy weight. Diets with a lot of sugar may cause weight gain, while a diet with a lot of fiber can help you stay healthy.
Exercise for diabetes
Physical activity is very important for people with diabetes. Even if you don’t have diabetes, regularly engaging in some form of physical activity can help keep your body fit and healthy. You can monitor your progress on a fitness app like Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal or Microsoft HealthVac and see what level of exercise is right for you.
If you’re feeling especially motivated, you can also opt for a workout program like the Insanity or Total Gym workout videos. A great way to actually change your diet is to find a diet that is similar to the one you would use for weight loss and then swap out one food for another.
Managing your blood sugar: A comprehensive guide
To manage your diabetes, you will need to be aware of your blood sugar levels and the foods that cause them. The best way to do this is with a blood glucose meter. A blood glucose monitor also lets you know the time of day when you are at a higher risk of developing high blood sugar. These are devices that will cost you between $50 and $300, but they are worth it. You can test your blood sugar at home with a simple test strip or with a commercially available device like the Precor Personal Blood Glucose Test. These devices cost less than $20, but they only test for limited nutrients like cholesterol, triglycerides, and sodium.
Staying healthy with diabetes is important because it can help you lead a healthier life. You can manage your diabetes better with proper diet and exercise and prevent complications that can lead to a longer life.
Sister Parminder Rihal, Diabetes Specialist Nurse gives her tips to staying healthy as a person with Diabetes.
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