According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, with another 79 million at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. As part of National Diabetes Month, we are happy to let you know that living a healthy lifestyle can help to manage your diabetes or prevent you from acquiring this disease.
Maintaining blood sugar levels is one of the most important factors in preventing and/or managing diabetes. Being aware of what to do and what to avoid can reduce the cause of your blood sugar rising and falling and help to make your life much easier. Healthy meals and snacks paired with physical activity make the perfect recipe for weight management, stress reduction, preventing disease and managing diabetes.
Healthy eating and blood sugar management go hand in hand. Our bodies work in very predictable patterns, making it possible to know exactly when to eat to avoid a drastic drop in blood sugar. Eating a healthy diet with appropriate portions throughout the day will help to reduce the changes in blood sugar levels. Well- balanced small meals and snacks several times per day will not only have a positive effect on your diabetes management, it will also allow you to avoid the afternoon-slump and have more energy all day long.
Physical activity also helps to manage diabetes as your muscles use sugar for energy and your body improves its’ response to insulin. Anything from light housework or walking to more strenuous exercise such as running or strength training will help to lower your blood sugar. Be sure to discuss physical activity with your doctor before beginning a new routine, as you may need to adjust your diabetes treatment plan.
Live Healthy Iowa encourages Iowans to know your risk factors and take proper precaution to prevent or manage diabetes. Live Healthy Iowa offers 5 adult wellness challenges and 3 youth programs and events throughout the year to support healthy lifestyles. Change your choices, change your life with Live Healthy Iowa!
For more information about the American Diabetes Association and American Diabetes Month, please visit www.diabetes.org