How Lifestyle Issues Affect Diabetes?

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Stunned and speechless, you sit nervously on the examining table at your doctor’s office. You’ve just received a devastating diagnosis. After years of being warned about your pre-diabetes, you’re now classified as a type 2 diabetic. Worried, you wonder what, if anything, you can do now to reverse the progression of this disease. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29 million Americans have diabetes. Astoundingly, one out of every four diabetic sufferers doesn’t even know he or she has the disease. Thankfully, making positive lifestyle changes can often move blood sugar levels in the right direction.

Improve Your Diet

Regardless of whether you have diabetes or not, eating a healthy, balanced diet will likely improve both your mental and physical health. Diabetics need to be especially mindful about how the foods they eat affect their blood sugar levels. Carbs often affect your blood sugar levels the most. Therefore, knowing the amount and types of carbs you’re consuming at mealtimes is vital. Swap the simple carbs such as table sugar, candy, and sodas in your diet for complex ones like:

  • Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin
  • Collard greens
  • Apples 

Complex carbs contain filling fiber that can actually help stabilize your blood sugar levels. Discover what portion sizes are appropriate for the foods you enjoy. Utilize measuring cups or a food scale to ensure you’re consuming correct, serving sizes of favorite foods. 

Exercise Regularly

When you work out, your muscles use sugar, glucose, for fuel. Exercising regularly also helps your body utilize insulin more effectively. Combined, these two components aid in lowering your blood sugar levels. Strive to exercise a minimum of thirty minutes on most days of each week. Before beginning an exercise program, consult with your physician. Your doctor can recommend what types and durations of workouts are safe for you to engage in.

Research suggests dropping a mere 5 to 10 percent of your body weight and working out 150 minutes every week might help you stop or slow the progression of type 2 diabetes. Those who make lifestyle changes quickly after receiving a type 2 diabetes diagnosis may reap the most rewards. If you want to learn more about how changing your lifestyle can affect your blood sugar levels, consider scheduling a free consultation with a representative at a local, Metabolic Research Center.


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