Diabetes can make an insidious entry into the body, and before you know it, you are dealing with many consequences. These consequences include a complete lifestyle change and regular checkups. Just like any other medical condition, monitoring and managing are essential to diabetic care. But, there are two suggestions that are constantly made as soon as the word diabetic leaves your mouth: diet, and exercise.
Changes In Diet
Could a diet have caused diabetes? Possibly, because we live in a busy and stressful world, we reach for the easiest foods available in the market with little or no thought given to what it contains. We start living as though we are impervious to disease, and we also pass this habit along to our children. The ready-to-eat foods that look so attractive and take so little time are not necessarily good for your health. They contain preservatives, saturated fats, trans fats, and too much salt.
Changing your diet is easier said than done. It requires a whole new approach to food and eating. Your doctor will be able to give you broad outlines as to what is good for you and what to avoid. But, a qualified dietician may offer a detailed diet plan and ways in which you can adhere to the plan. It will help if you don’t give up mid-way and continue to practice healthier living, particularly if you want to keep your blood glucose levels under control.
Importance of An Exercise Regimen
Regardless of the disease or medical condition that afflicts you, exercise can only help. Even those that are not used to exercising would do better to start with a short regimen that can be gradually extended for an hour or less. The best part of exercising is that it makes an impact not only on your physical health but also your mental wellbeing. With endorphins coursing through you after a short exercise routine, it may be easier to pick up the habit than the diet plan.
Diabetic patients have known some remarkable results thanks to a changed lifestyle. For the pre-diabetic, the incentive to ward off diabetes is greater, and adopting a healthier lifestyle probably makes for an easier choice.
Finally, healthy living is one part of managing diabetes. The other part is regular monitoring of the blood glucose levels and seeing if other related conditions have sprung up due to diabetes. These days, there is a greater reason for stress as we have to adapt to a new way of working and living because of the Wuhan virus pandemic. Neglecting one’s health can compound the existing state of mind and take a toll on our lives.