Keeping diabetes under control is difficult. What is the result of keeping it under control? It will help you prevent nerve, heart and foot problems. The Diabetics Weekly team is here to help you keep your diabetes under control with these 9 useful tips.
1. Lose weight. Keeping a healthy weight will help you control your blood sugar levels. A doctor, dietitian and fitness trainer can get you started on a plan to shed off that extra weight.
2. Check you blood sugar levels. Keeping track of your blood sugar levels is extremely important, then you will know if its in the range that your doctor recommended. Do it twice per day for better results.
3. Track you carbohydrates. Eating too many carbhodydrates (sugar, bread, potatoes, and other starchy foods) will increase your blood sugar levels. Keep track of them so you don’t go above the recommended limit.
4. Get an A1c blood test. Find out rour average blood sugar for the past 2 to 3 months. Diabetic people should aim for an A1c of 7% or lower. Check out our blog post about the test to learn more about it.
5. Keep active. Regular excercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. Don’t really know what to do? Try these 4 diabetes-friendly exercise ideas, or take a 10 minute brisk walk after every meal. If you don’t have a lot of time, then there are the top five 15 minute workouts.
6. Manage stress. Diabetes and stress are not a good mix. Stress can increase your blood sugar levels. So take some time to deal with stress. What can you do to manage it? Here are three tips.