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Diabetes

Learn about a host of diabetes-related topics such as how many Americans suffer from this disease to how to easily adjust to a new diet after diagnoses. This section will provide you with the information you need to make informed dietary decisions regarding diabetes.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes: 9 Tips

Being diagnosed with diabetes is not necessarily a dead-end fated with stress and hardships for your life’s entirety. While there may be added obstacles and speed bumps to overcome, you can still live a balanced life with these health tips for diabetes!

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Diabetes is when the body is unable to utilize glucose from carb sources. This is mostly related to the absence or resistance of insulin.

There are two types of diabetes, including types 1 and 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when the body's own immune system destroys the cells that produce insulin. Blood sugars rise mostly related to insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes.

Without proper management, high blood sugars increase the risk of diabetes complications, including heart disease and nerve damage. But if diagnosed with diabetes, adopting a healthy lifestyle routine can improve blood sugars and overall health!

Type 2 Diabetes Routine

People with type 2 diabetes should coordinate care with a healthcare professional team. Members may include a physician, dietitian, and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). They can help devise a treatment plan to keep blood glucose levels stable.

Core components of a diabetes routine include checking your blood sugar, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly. One might also be prescribed to diabetes medication.

Though living with diabetes does require care and attention, it does not have or need to be a burden. Use these diabetes control tips to make managing diabetes and life easier and more fun!

Diabetes Control Tips

1. Eat Out Responsibly
While restaurants may seem like forbidden territory when managing diabetes, you can successful eat out with a little planning and responsibility.

Since many restaurants post their menu online, take advantage of the nutritional info before heading out to eat. Having a game plan in your head can help diminish the risk of ordering foods that may not be as fitting.

And while you still can certainly enjoy favorite menu items, it is important to check and keep portioning sizes. Halving the meal and taking the rest as leftovers can help prevent overeating and manage caloric and carb intake. And not to mention, you will have a whole other meal prepared and conveniently ready the following day!

2. Find Support
Joining a support group and surrounding yourself with people with like minds can help you stay on track to manage diabetes. The support from others helps you stay engaged and motivated, while offering new ideas and tips to live a balanced life.

Find support with close friends and family members, local groups, social media pages, and healthcare professionals as needed or desired.

3. Laugh
"Laughter is the best medicine" is not only a simple phrase. The act of laughing shows to improve both mental and physical health, including managing diabetes. A study published in Diabetes Care found laughter lowers postprandial blood glucose, or blood sugars following a meal.

Increase humor and laughter in your life by smiling more and watching funny shows and videos. Take life less seriously and act silly, too!

4. Get in Touch with Nature
Exercise is extremely valuable for managing diabetes, as muscles uptake glucose for energy, subsequently lowering blood sugars.

While workouts at the gym are beneficial, also support both physical and mental health by getting in touch with nature. Even a 10 to 20-minute walk outside can reduce stress. The vitamin D content from the sun has also shown to lessen feelings of depression.

But the importance is not on the type of exercise, but just you go and get active! Have fun signing up for new classes such as Zumba, salsa dancing, kickboxing, and yoga.

5. Travel Safely
Say bon voyage to the stress of managing diabetes and traveling! Similar to day-to-day life, it is important to stick to routine as much as possible. This includes consuming consistent and well-balanced meals. You can also never be too prepared, so always have extra supplies to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) continuously works with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure passengers managing diabetes are accommodated appropriately. Find more on how to air travel and diabetes here.

6. Volunteer
Volunteering can promote mental health, with research advocating people who volunteer have lower rates of depression.

Volunteer individually or make it a group effort. Also utilize opportunities to benefit homeless shelters, Humane Societies, and other organizations local to your area.

7. Keep Learning
Rather than viewing diabetes is a life hindrance, view it as an opportunity. Becoming an expert and exploring ways to manage diabetes is a helpful way to cope.

Keep learning and informing others about the condition through organizational websites and groups. The ADA, support groups, and conferences are some resources you may encounter.

8. Download a Phone App
Use technology to your advantage by downloading a diabetes phone app. There are numerous variations, though all commonly provide a more organized method to keep information right at your fingertips.

Some apps provide detailed nutritional info at restaurants and offer exercise tips and demo videos. They may also plot and graph blood sugar levels for trending analysis.

9. Entrust in BistroMD
At bistroMD, we understand balancing and juggling life can be overwhelming. BistroMD ensures not only assistance in meal prep and diabetes management, but gifts a peace of mind and balanced life!

BistroMD takes the guesswork out of healthy eating and is here to help by delivering diabetic-friendly meals! Healthy meal plans are backed by science and research of founding weight loss physician Dr. Caroline Cederquist. With over 20 years of medical expertise in her field, Dr. Cederquist works with dietitians to ensure nutritional requirements are met.

With the bistroMD diabetic program, meals supply 25 net grams of carbs or less and snacks less than 15 grams. They also deliver adequate lean protein your body needs to regulate blood sugar. Both men and women options are available. Also choose between a 5 or 7-day diabetic program to best fit needs and schedules.

And diabetic meals have never tasted so great! Delicious options include caramelized mushroom and onion frittata, chicken enchilada stack, and southwest bison meatloaf with smoky tomato glaze!

Truly, using a diabetic meal delivery program helps tailor a menu with personal medical needs in mind. The best programs will specifically prepare meals with medical considerations in mind and provide an easy way to order from home!

Written By Sarah Asay, RDN. Published on September 28, 2017. Updated on April 17, 2019.

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