It’s a fresh new season, the perfect time to put some things in perspective. You should know that managing your diabetes doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, adopting a few simple habits can help you better handle diabetes, so you can spend more of your precious time focusing on what matters most.
Here are some tips to help you get started with managing your diabetes:
Tip 1: Move more throughout the day – Did you know that exercising can help to reduce your day-to-day stress and also help you control your diabetes by improving insulin action within your body? Yes, both aerobic exercise like brisk walking and resistance training will help you keep diabetes in check. If you can’t fit a long workout into your already busy lifestyle, break up your workout into shorter segments.
Tip 2: Use your support system – If you’re feeling overwhelmed throughout your journey, start a new family tradition during dinner time. Go around the dinner table and share what you appreciated about your day. Encourage each family member to participate. Verbal expressions of gratitude have been shown to counter activity in one of the brain’s stress centers.
Tip 3: Manage the scale – Losing weight and keep it off helps control type 2 diabetes. In fact, one study found that people who had type 2 diabetes for up to 10 years could reverse the disease if they lost about 15% of their body weight. If you’re overweight or obese, talk to your doctor about coming up with a weight loss plan.
Managing your diabetes does not have to be hard. Set your mind to positive change and get creative with your healthy living routine. Despite how you may feel from day to day, keep moving for better health and fitness, get your support system in place, plan for a successful weight loss journey, and most important, keep diabetes in check!