A healthy lifestyle is an important condition for controlling the course of type 2 diabetes and preventing complications that it can cause. Of course, it is not easy to change your lifestyle. However, even a small change in your habits can bring enormous results.
Daily exercise will help you feel better and control your blood sugar levels. It will also allow you to keep fit.
Many people do not always have enough free time for a full workout in the gym. In this case, even walking in the fresh air will bring a positive impact on the work of your heart and will keep your muscles in good shape.
Below are some tips to help bring more movement to your everyday life:
- If you use the car to go to work or another place, try to replace it with a walk. If it is possible to do, then change the Parking place to a more distant. In this case, you will walk more.
- When traveling to work by public transport, get out a few stops earlier and walk more to the destination.
- Replace the elevator with walking on the stairs. This way you will move more.
A long period of time in the sitting position can negatively affect your health. In case your occupation involves long periods of sitting, be sure to take short breaks and change your position to standing or a quick walk.
The results of several studies suggest that the change of position from sitting to standing or walking can have a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Thus, do not forget to change the sitting position every 30 minutes for at least 3 minutes. This will help you feel better and regulate your blood sugar levels.
Review your diet
The food you take directly affects your blood sugar and your weight. Portions of food are also important. In type 2 diabetes, it is very important to consume the correct portion size each time during a meal.
To control the portions of food if you eat out, take with you reusable containers. When you receive a portion of food in a restaurant or cafe, calculate how much you can eat. Pack the rest of the food in a container so that you do not eat more than you should.
Do not forget about taking medication
If you have such a problem that you constantly forget to take th medicine, ask someone from friends, colleagues or relatives to remind you about it. However, it will be better if you install a special application on your smartphone. It will remind you of the time and doses of drugs you should take.
Modern applications have the following reminder options:
- to check the blood sugar level;
- the next visit to the doctor;
- the purchase of drugs.
Daily inspection of the feet
Type 2 diabetes can lead to deterioration of the skin and blood vessels. It can also lead to foot problems. Cases are so severe that even have to amputate the leg.
With the development of vascular diseases as a result of type 2 diabetes, your feet will have redness, swelling or cuts. Check the condition of your feet daily to avoid serious problems.