4 Easy Ways to Take Control of Your Diabetes
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By Lori Zanini, RD
Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be both difficult and surprising. However, type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that can be self-managed successfully. This means that there are many factors in your control that you can improve upon daily in order to help lower your blood sugar and prevent complications from diabetes. With a few simple changes, you can start to see improvements in your blood sugar right away. Try these four easy strategies that will make an immediate difference.
1. Hydrate Properly
One of the first changes to make is to look at what you are drinking throughout the day. When you are properly hydrated, your blood is well-diluted and your blood sugar levels decrease. Reducing, and ideally eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages can make an instant improvement in your blood sugar. This includes avoiding sodas, fruit juices, and sports drinks and taking a close look at what you put in your coffee. Try to replace your sweetened beverages with healthier options. While water is always the number-one choice, you can also switch to flavored seltzer water; unsweetened almond milk; low-sodium, broth-based vegetable soups; herbal teas; and hydrating vegetables that contain more than 90 percent water such as cucumbers, radishes, green bell peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes.
2. Make a Move
There’s no need to run a marathon or hit the gym every day of the week. Slight improvements in your daily movement can start to improve blood sugar right away. Start with small, realistic changes, like taking 10- to 15- minute walks after one Continue reading