When it comes to genetic and lifestyle related conditions, there are always steps you can take to improve the situation, the severity of symptoms, and how you feel day to day. And living with diabetes is no different. When living with any condition it is important to do what is within your power to alleviate any potential issues and manage the symptoms as effectively as possible. This is a key reason the government and other information bodies continually push for people to improve their lifestyle, to improve daily living, the risk of disease onset and lifestyle related conditions.
Ensuring you exercise will mean that your body effectively utilises carbohydrates in the diet and overall glucose metabolism, as well as improve your strength, energy, and stamina. Eating well with a balance of all 3 macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) will ensure you can effectively maintain good blood glucose balance and manage your insulin effectively, while also providing for your health on many levels. Staying hydrated will again ensure your body is working in optimal balance. Taking the steps you can to improve your diet, lifestyle and overall health will always have a positive impact on diabetes management, leaving you living a happier and healthier life.
1. Getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep a night
2. Drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water each day
3. Ensuring you eat protein and vegetables at all key meals
4. Eating with balance, variety and lots of colour
5. Exercising in way that is sustainable and enjoyable
6. Challenging yourself, but always managing your stress levels effectively
7. Consulting your GP or dietician when managing your diabetes and any dietary changes