Managing diabetes is a constant challenge. It’s not enough to just eat healthy foods and exercise regularly—you also have to pay close attention to your blood glucose levels, which can change at any time. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most important aspects of managing diabetes that can help you stay healthy and keep your blood sugar in check.
Eat a well-balanced diet
Eating a well-balanced diet, especially one that includes fruits and vegetables, can help you manage your diabetes.
- Avoid processed foods. Processed foods have been altered through processing or cooking methods (such as canning) that do not occur in nature. These changes may include adding salt, sugar, or fat; refining grains to enhance texture; adding preservatives; and changing the concentration of vitamins and minerals in food.
- Avoid fast food restaurants. Fast food is high in sodium, saturated fat, and calories but low in nutrients like vitamins A & C; iron; calcium; magnesium – all of which are essential for good health!
Avoid sugar-rich foods
Sugar is a carbohydrate that can raise your blood glucose levels. It’s found in many foods, including fruit juice, frozen desserts, and canned vegetables.
If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy diet, you should avoid eating too much sugar-rich food—especially those with high amounts of added sweeteners. Sugary snacks are also often loaded with fat and salt—two things that make it easier for you to gain weight!
Reduce your portion sizes
- You should be eating smaller portions.
- Avoid eating until you are full, and don’t eat from packages that are too large.
- When you do eat, make sure your plate is empty before moving on to another course on the meal plan.
Plan your meals ahead of time
Planning your meals ahead of time is a great way to avoid eating unhealthy foods and save money. You can also plan your meals so you don’t have to spend money on food that isn’t healthy, like fast food or frozen dinners.
Planning meals ahead of time helps you avoid being tempted by unhealthy foods when they are within reach. By planning your meals in advance, there will be less opportunity for you to grab something quick for lunch or dinner because it won’t be readily available at home or at work unless someone else has made it ahead of time (like me).
Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth after eating
- Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth after eating.
- Brushing your teeth is important because it helps remove food particles from the surface of your teeth, which can cause dental cavities. The bacteria in plaque can also lead to gum disease and tooth decay if left alone. Rinsing with water after eating is essential for removing any remnants of food that may have gotten stuck between our teeth all day long!
Get regular exercise
Exercise is a great way to keep your blood glucose levels in check. It also helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which can help you feel better in general as well as reduce stress.
Exercising regularly is an important part of managing diabetes, but it’s not always easy or convenient. Fortunately, there are many ways you can get the physical activity that’s right for you—and still fit it into your busy life!
If walking seems like too much effort (or if being outside isn’t an option), try taking stairs instead of elevators or escalators at work; try going on hikes once per week instead of once every two weeks; take public transportation rather than driving everywhere when possible; get into shape by joining a gym or going on a run with friends after work every Tuesday evening during office hours
Take all of your diabetes medications
It is important to take your medications as prescribed. Your doctor may recommend that you take additional doses of certain medications, such as insulin or oral diabetes medication. This is especially true if you are on multiple medications.
If you forget a dose of your diabetes medication, do not double up on the missed dose. Instead, call your doctor immediately and ask them how long it will take for you to start feeling better if this happens in the future. If possible, try taking two doses at one time (for example morning and evening) instead of waiting until later in the day when symptoms may be more intense; however, this can cause stomachache issues so make sure that anyone who lives with an individual with diabetes knows this before making any changes based on a missed dose!
Monitor your blood glucose levels regularly
- How to test your blood glucose levels: You can do this by taking a fingerstick, or oral glucose test. The best time to do this is in the morning before breakfast and before bedtime. If you have diabetes, it’s important that you check your blood sugar levels every morning and evening using meters or strips that come with special testing supplies such as lancing devices and vials of blood (in case there is an emergency). If possible, wait until after meals when insulin injections may have had some effect on lowering your blood sugar level; otherwise, take a second reading after several hours so that any fluctuations due to eating will be eliminated from calculations used for determining how much insulin needs to be injected at each meal.
- What happens if my numbers are too high? One common problem with high readings could be dehydration caused by sweating excessively during exercise activities outdoors during warm weather months such as May through September when temperatures reach 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
Measure the amount of food you eat
If you’re trying to manage diabetes and keep it under control, measuring your food is a must. You can use a measuring cup and scale or buy one online. The two most important things about this type of measurement are that it’s accurate and it allows for tracking over time (so you know how much has been eaten at different times).
As you can see, there are many things you can do to manage diabetes. Even with all these tips and tricks, it’s important that you talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about this topic. The best way to manage diabetes may differ from person to person depending on their individual needs. But by following the advice above, we hope that you’re able to live a disease-free life.