According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 21 million Americans have diabetes. Diabetes is associated with many health problems, disability, and premature death. Knowing how you can improve your lifestyle to better control diabetes is the key to reducing related complications, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations.
How can I manage my diabetes?
- Monitor your blood sugar. Keeping track of your blood sugar helps you achieve better control of your diabetes.
- Take your prescribed medications. Always take your insulin or diabetes pills as prescribed by your doctor.
- Watch your diet. Eating well-balanced meals in the right amounts helps you keep your blood glucose as normal as possible.
- Lose weight. Losing even a little weight can reduce your risk of complications from diabetes. A dietician can help you find ways to eat the foods you like while reducing your intake of calories.
- Exercise more. You don’t have to go to the gym. Walking for 30 minutes a day or playing a favorite sport can help improve your strength and endurance.
- Get enough sleep.
For more information on managing your diabetes, contact your health care provider or visit the ADA’s website.