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A recent study by the CDC predicts that approximately 40% of U.S. adults will develop diabetes in their lifetime.  Are you one of them?

Type 2 diabetes is derived from the body’s inability to efficiently use insulin (insulin resistance).  The condition typically develops in middle-aged and older adults but can also be seen in young people.  The condition is often related to increased body weight.

If you find yourself living with diabetes, there are things you can do to manage the condition.

  • Eat Right

Paying attention to your diet is a great way to help manage type 2 diabetes.  Focus on eating fruits, vegetables, lean meats, beans, low-fat dairy options, and whole grains.  However, eating right is about more than just what you eat; it’s also about how much you eat.  Portion control matters and can make all the difference in your diet.

  • Exercise Regularly

Exercising doesn’t have to feel like a chore.  It may just mean that you haven’t found the right type of physical activity for you.  When exercise comes from something you actually enjoy, daily activity will be no trouble at all!  For ideas on how to stay healthy and moving in your busy life, check out this blog post.

  • Lose Weight

Chances are that by making a commitment to follow through with the first two bullet points, you’ll also end up losing weight.  In fact, many people may notice a difference in their health after losing just ten pounds!  Getting rid of excess weight can work to improve your blood sugar levels.

  • Stop Smoking

You know that smoking is bad for you; you’ve heard it over and over.  Yet, did you know that this bad habit is significantly worse for those with diabetes?  These people are at a higher risk for serious complications, which can include: heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage in the arms and legs, and poor blood flow to the legs and feet.  In some cases, this poor circulation results in a need for amputation.

  • Relax

Your body reacts to stress in multiple ways, and blood glucose levels can be negatively impacted.  You may also take to unhealthy habits, such as smoking or overeating.  When you find yourself in a stressful situation, it may be helpful to try a deep breathing or relaxation exercise.

For more information on how to manage your type 2 diabetes, contact our office to schedule an appointment today!