There’s a safe way to get a handle on your diabetes: an exercise and diet plan. Through exercise, you can help your blood sugar stay in your target range. By making better choices in your diet, you can help manage your blood sugar levels and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Some additional benefits may be:
Before starting any kind of physical activity, talk to your doctor. They can help make sure that you exercise safely.
Start your exercise program slowly. That way, your body will get used to activity without straining or hurting yourself. Here are a few other tips:
A workout buddy may make a workout more fun, so you are more likely to keep going.
You can find great exercise resources including information about SilverSneakers® Fitness Program in Stay Active and Healthy with Workout to Go.
Your health care team can also help you make the right changes to your diet. Your diabetic educator or dietitian can tell you how many calories you need per day and from which food groups those calories should come from. If you don't already keep one, they may ask you to start a meal log so there's a good outline of what you're really taking in.
So, what should you eat? The best diet for people with diabetes is like that for most people: a balanced mix of fruits, veggies, grains, protein, and very little refined sugar. Here's a quick review:
Take the guess work out of what to eat using tips, recipes and sample meals from the American Diabetes Association .
While there are no magic bullets for managing diabetes, exercise and diet can help.
Sources: Diabetes Overview , National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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