Knowing how to control diabetes, type 2, starts with diet and exercise and ends with diet and exercise. A pill that will allow you to eat what ever your mouth desires while living a sedentary lifestyle might be nice? Since that’s not here yet, we have to be responsible for our own health and diabetes.
The general consensus from everything I’ve read, discussed, and heard discussed is that as a society, we eat too much and exercise too little.
Too much of everything at one meal; too many carbs, too much protein, too much fat.
About the only thing we don’t eat too much of is fiber and the nutrients we would get from eating vegetables.
We could eat a lot more of those and be much better off in every aspect of our health. But we’ve heard all that before, right? Anyway, let’s get to it, and look at a couple of proven ways to manage diabetes.
How To Control Diabetes?
The answer is to lower your daily carbohydrate intake and regular exercise. Not only lower your carbs, but change the type of carbs you are eating.
I for one, am extremely fond of my carbohydrates as well as the fats I put on them to make them taste better. Truth be known, I’m a carb addict. There, I said it, I admit it… I love carbohydrates.
The problem: my diet was killing me, literally.
The increasing weight, the cravings, the loss of energy and just plain not feeling well was doing me in. Life was literally deteriorating day by day — from eating too much of the wrong kinds of food in the large quantities.
A low carb diet has changed all that, my blood sugar levels, and turned life around for the better.
I know some of you are thinking — That’s just not healthy, I’m not doing it.
I agree, the original Atkin’s wasn’t healthy. I don’t believe and neither do most nutritionists, that excluding a whole food group is a healthy choice. Plus the added saturated fats from all the wrong kinds of protein would give people health problems further down the road.
The low carb type of diet that I subscribe to is a balanced and healthy one.
As an example of carb overload, a baked potato that’s 4-3/4″x2-1/3″ with the skin, (which is the best part) is 51.0 grams of carbs. That’s without the butter and sour cream, or the cheese sauce that I could put on it.
That’s a lot of carbohydrates to shovel into your system at one time, even if that were the only carb you were eating during the meal. Usually that’s not the case if you drink milk (13 grams per cup), or eat bread (@19-25 grams) depending on what kind you like.
It boggles the mind sometimes and we wonder if we should carry around a book of food counts with us wherever we go. I know I get confused about what goes with what and have to look things up sometimes. If only we could all afford to employ our own personal dietitians?
What About Exercise
Well, just like carbs and diabetes go hand in hand, so does exercise and type 2 diabetes. The importance of regular exercise simply can’t be overstated. And not a hit and miss type attitude either. Regular exercise is some physical activity that devotes a minimum of 30 minutes at least 3 times a week to raising your heart rate.
This type exercise will not only help with losing and the maintaining of a healthy weight, it will also help increase your insulin sensitivity. When you increase insulin sensitivity your body becomes much better at using the sugar in your bloodstream.
Take up walking, running, swimming, going to the gym, or start your own home gym. The exercise will get your muscles to using up blood sugar as you activate them.
Lack of exercise is plaguing our entire society as more and more of us work at desk jobs and work longer hours. But exercise can help you control your diabetes along with blood pressure, weight, moods, and increase your energy levels.
Physical Activity Is A Must
To sum this up, the first thing to remember that blood sugar and exercise definitely have a close link. So much so, that regular exercise should be your first line of defense.
Get regular exercise. Exercise has many health benefits, including helping you to lose weight and lower your blood sugar levels. These both lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Source
Vigorous physical activity that last as little 20 minutes 3-5 times a week helps to eliminate excess sugars and fats from your body. And that is vital to controlling your health and diabetes.
Don’t overcomplicate exercise. Even though resistance exercises such as weight lifting are beneficial, walking for exercise or any aerobic type workout is probably the best.
Save Your Life With Your Diet
If you want to know how to control diabetes, sticking to a healthy eating plan is an absolute must. Diabetes affects so many areas of your overall health that is imperative to realize the way your diet affects your health.
Paying strict attention to your diet and your intake of sugars from every source, carbohydrates, and fiber intake can keep other side effects at bay. Like exercise, a low carb diet helps control blood sugar levels.
In reality the primary step to you taking control of your health and diabetes is realizing that you lifestyle must change. Left to it’s own devices with no management on your part, diabetes is serious and deadly.