3 Simple Ways to Help Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes
I have an uncle who lives with Type 2 Diabetes and, growing up, I remember being so fascinated with his daily routine of checking his blood sugar levels every few hours. While I didn't really understand the concept of hyperglycemia (another term for Type 2 Diabetes) at the time, it's definitely had an impact on the way that I live my life. While I, like most people, have a serious sweet tooth, I have a significant understanding of what too much sugar can do to the body. If you are one of the roughly 29 million Americans currently living with diabetes, here are some tips on how to effectively manage it:
#1: Meet with a dietician.
While the general rule of thumb for a healthy diet is a nutritious and balanced combination of whole grains, lean proteins, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, diabetes requires much more specialized and strict dietary restrictions. Instead of struggling to find a balance that works for you, make the process a bit easier by meeting with a dietician. They can help you to establish an eating plan that meshes with you weight, age, activity level, and medications. They will also ensure that, through your dietary plan, you can stay on target with any caloric restrictions. Plan to meet with them several times during the course of a year for any necessary updates or tweaks to your diet.
#2: Get plenty of exercise.
Because people who have Type 2 diabetes have trouble regulating their insulin levels, their bodies require extra insulin in order to allow their cells to receive the necessary amounts of sugar from their blood. And because physical activity helps your body's insulin sensitivity, regular exercise is an effective tool in managing Type 2 diabetes. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days per week. Try walking, jogging, yoga, or dance.
#3: Consider chiropractic care.
While there is no cure as of yet for Type 2 diabetes, your chiropractor can help you to effectively manage it. Chiropractic adjustments aim to improve how the body functions by targeting the nervous system, and this can potentially help the organs to work more effectively. If you are looking for chiropractic care for your Type 2 diabetes, consider stopping into The Joint... The Chiropractic Place. They have affordable prices and convenient walk0in hours that make regular visits a breeze!
Note: Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease and you should never attempt to manage it on your own. Always consult your physician before pursuing any sort of new health plan.