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Helpful Tips to Manage Diabetes

By Virginia Laird

Diabetes is no joke. Those who suffer with this illness, or have a loved one who does, understand how serious it can become. Healthcare professionals advise those who struggle with diabetes to take proper care of their health by strictly obeying their healthcare provider. These same professionals have offered a few tips on how to manage diabetes without the need for excessive medication. Some of these tips include:

  • Add exercise to your life
  • Make changes to your diet
  • Drink plenty of water

Add Exercise to Your Life

Exercise is a great way to help manage diabetes. Healthcare providers who treat this disease suggest that exercise can help control blood sugar levels. When this is too high it can cause damage to a variety of organs in the body, including the liver. Many professionals suggest that walking daily can help put you on a path to decreased need for medication. Making exercise a priority in your life can help you control blood sugar levels.

Make Changes to Your Diet

Although making changes to your diet can be dreadful, it is necessary for those who struggle with diabetes. Heath and wellness experts advise those needing to make changes should take a close look at their sugar consumption. While reducing only the amount of sugar consumed will not completely solve the problem, it is a good place to begin. It is important to remember that carbs convert to sugar in the body. It is equally vital to count carbs and sweets.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water is an imperative part of anyone's diet. However, for those who are diabetic it is even more vital to maintain proper hydration. Water can help flush toxins from the body. Water is responsible for keeping the digestive track properly functioning as well. It is suggested that you consume at least half of your body weight in ounces daily to stay properly hydrated. Dehydration can make your body vulnerable to illness. Research suggests that those who are diagnosed with diabetes already have an increased chance of becoming ill. Make sure you make drinking plenty of water a priority.

Now is the time to begin taking control of your diabetes diagnosis and start making the changes to your routine necessary to become slightly healthier and more active. There is no day like today to begin!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Plymouth, Minn.

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