You can stay healthy despite diabetes with these strategies for keeping your blood sugar controlled.
: Never change your diet without first consulting your physician.
Step 1: Eat healthy Follow a healthy, balanced meal plan that includes carbohydrates, protein, and fat, as well as vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
TIP: Fill up on non-starchy vegetables, such as greens, peppers, broccoli, and green beans.
Step 2: Eat regularly Don't skip or delay meals. Keep your metabolism running strong and avoid overeating later by enjoying regular meals and snacks.
Step 3: Count carbs Count carbohydrates to consistently control the amount of sugar in your bloodstream.
Step 4: Don't drink too much sugar Be mindful of the carbs and sugar present in drinks, such as regular sodas and juices, and limit your intake of these beverages.
TIP: Carry your own sugar-free drinks when you are away from home. Good choices are bottled water, club soda with lemon or lime slices, sugar-free soft drinks, and unsweetened or artificially sweetened tea.
Step 5: Take your meds Make sure to take medication that your doctor prescribes as directed.
Step 6: Get your blood pumping Exercise regularly to keep your blood sugar down and maintain a healthy weight.
Step 7: De-stress Use relaxation techniques, such as slow, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation, to reduce the level of sugar-elevating stress hormones in your blood.
FACT: Approximately 22 million people in the U.S., or 8 percent of the population, have diabetes.