5 Simple Steps To Control Your Diabetes

Are you worried about keeping your diabetes under control??No worries!! Beat it by making simple changes in your lifestyle. Diabetes can be reduced when you eat healthily, become more physically active, and lose weight. Many people also worry that they need to take pills daily to keep their sugar under control. But the secret of managing diabetes is not in the pills but in lifestyle changes.

If you want to control diabetes, here are few tips to follow

1. Regular exercise

Exercise helps to keep your diabetes under control. There are many benefits of regular exercise for diabetic patients. It helps to –

  • Reduce weight
  • Lower your blood sugar
  • Boost your sensitivity to insulin

Resistance training and aerobic exercise can help. But the greater benefit comes from a fitness program which includes both. Even losing a pound can keep your sugars under control.

2. Improve your diet

 Your doctor may suggest you take fiber rich food when you are diagnosed with diabetes. Fibre-rich foods include vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Including fiber in your diet can help you in many ways.

  • It lowers the risk of heart disease
  • It promotes weight loss

 Avoid concentrated sugars. Have a fruit, if you feel like eating a sweet. Managing diet helps to curb diabetes.

3. Lose extra weight

Weight is one of the risk factors for diabetes. If you are overweight, it is difficult to control diabetes.

Women with a 35 inches waist or more and men with a waist of 40 inches or more would need to lose weight to manage diabetes. Every pound you lose improves your health. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you reduce weight.

4. Control sleep apnoea

People who are overweight and diabetic may also have sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is a condition in which there is a temporary cessation of breathing during sleep. Diabetes and sleep apnoea increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. It can be controlled by

  • Wearing a special device while sleeping
  • Changing the sleeping pattern

5. Lower your stress

Stress can increase your blood sugar levels. You need to try relaxation techniques to lower stress. They include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Meditation
  • Massage
  • Soothing music

You can also try the following tips in addition to the relaxation techniques.

  • Quit alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods at night
  • Maintain a slightly cool sleeping environment
  • Switch off all lights and avoid noise
  • Go to bed early and maintain the same schedule every night
  • Practice breathing exercises
  • Replace negative thoughts with positive ones

Changing your lifestyle is an important step towards diabetes prevention and control. Simple lifestyle changes will ensure a healthier future and improved quality of life. If you have not started yet, it is not too late, start it now.

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