Living with Diabetes: Healthy Eating and Exercise

One of the biggest challenges many people face in living with diabetes is diet. You must always be vigilant about what you eat, when you eat, and how it will affect your blood-glucose level. Understanding carb counting and ensuring you balance your meals with protein and healthy fat as well is essential.  The more familiar you become with your body and how it responds to certain types of carbs, the better you can manage your health.

Finding quick, easy recipes that you don’t have to spend much time fussing over yet are still diabetes-friendly and healthy is always a plus. Stocking up your refrigerator with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, eggs, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean proteins means you’ll have everything you need to try a variety of delicious options. Living with diabetes does not mean that you’re stuck eating the same thing all the time – with a little planning, you can whip up flavorful meals ranging from oatmeal, wraps, and sandwiches to salads, pasta, and chili.

Staying Active in Spring

Now that spring is in full swing, you can take advantage of the great outdoors and beautiful weather to stay active. Exercise is an important component of healthy living with diabetes. Remember to check your blood sugar before you begin so you know whether you should have a snack before you start to keep your blood glucose level up as you exercise. You may also need to adjust your insulin pump accordingly depending on the type and duration of exercise you’re planning.

Some fun spring activities include:

  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Gardening

Don’t forget to add some strength training in addition to aerobic exercise. Try some free weights or calisthenics such as lunges, squats, pupush-upsor sit-ups. Switch up the activities you do so it doesn’t become boring or monotonous. This can keep you more energized and motivated to stay active. Physical activity is a great way to help manage blood sugar, blood pressure, stress, and more.

Diet and exercise are two natural ways to help manage diabetes and live a higher quality life. Researchers are always exploring new possibilities for preventing, treating, and curing type 1 diabetes to give patients different options since everyone’s body is different. The Diabetes Research Connection supports scientific research on type 1 diabetes and the potential that it holds. Learn more about how you can support new discoveries in the fight against diabetes by visiting the Diabetes Research Connection site today.

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