After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you may have been given several options for how to treat it. Diet and lifestyle changes are usually recommended for those with this form of diabetes. Changing what you eat, how much you exercise, and other lifestyle factors is a great way to manage your blood sugar. Medications – including both insulin and oral medications – are also commonly used to treat raised blood sugar levels. If you have a choice of how to treat your diabetes, it can help to look at the pros and cons of both options…
1. Diet and Lifestyle Changes. Most people who have Type 2 diabetes can make changes to their eating habits to manage their blood sugar…
- limiting your intake of simple carbohydrates,
- increasing your intake of protein and fiber, and
- eating at consistent times throughout the day
can all help keep blood sugar levels lower and steady. Getting enough exercise also helps manage your blood sugar. Exercise makes you more sensitive to your body insulin, and during exercise you can lower blood sugar even without medications. If you’re overweight, losing weight is another factor to help manage blood sugar levels. In fact, studies have shown by following a low-calorie diet and losing weight, it’s even possible to reverse your diabetes.
There are many advantages to managing diabetes through lifestyle changes. It’s all natural and there are no negative side effects. You’ll be improving your overall health, including everything from…
- better sleep to
- less stress to a
- lower risk of cardiovascular disease.