Diabetes is a serious medical condition that can lead to poor circulation and severe cardiovascular disease. Type II diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to use insulin properly or the low production of insulin. A lack of insulin leads to a buildup of glucose within body cells.
A regular routine of exercise can help with weight loss and improved cardiovascular functioning. Fat that gathers around the midsection of your body is the most dangerous type of fat for diabetics. Cardiovascular exercises should be practiced 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes per session. A modest amount of weight lost can radically improve your health.
Fiber is good for the body because it is digested very slowly. This keeps your body feeling fuller longer. An adequate intake of fiber also aids in the general digestion of all food consumed and helps keep your blood vessels clear of plaque buildup. One-hundred percent whole grains are the best choice.
Get an adequate amount of water whether you feel thirsty or not. Water is the most essential part of any diet. It helps with digestion, circulation and temperature control.
Diabetics must consume a regular amount of food at regular intervals throughout the day. Skipping even one meal can lead to a dangerous drop in blood glucose levels. On the other hand, overindulging can cause a spike in blood glucose. It is better to eat several small meals each day that to consume a large amount of food in only 2 or 3 meals. Although a small amount of fat is allowable, do not consume large quantities of fat. The diabetic system cannot digest fat as well as a non-diabetic system. Fresh fruits and vegetables should make up the largest portion of your diet. Avoid the empty sweet snacks that so many diabetics crave.
Always follow your doctor’s recommendations and keep all of your appointments. Never stop taking your prescription medication unless you do so under the advice of your physician. Check your blood glucose levels at the same time every day. Keep a journal of your daily checks, what you have consumed and any type of exercise. Take this journal to your doctor’s appointment with you. You and your doctor may be able to discern some pattern that will aid in the treatment of your diabetes.
Be particularly careful when caring for your feet and skin. If you develop an ingrown toenail or have toenails that are too thick to cut easily, see a podiatrist. The circulatory problems that come along with diabetes make it difficult for such injuries to heal. The result could be a serious infection, gangrene and even, amputation. Check your feet often, wear comfortable shoes and avoid walking barefoot. Smooth a high-quality lotion on your feet and skin. Dry skin is often a side effect of diabetes so you should apply lotion daily.
Even small lifestyle changes can improve your diabetic condition. Regular exercise and an improved diet are the best ways to reduce the side effects of diabetes and increase your overall health.