Living and managing your diabetes is a lifelong task but the effort is well worth it. Managing your blood sugar levels and taking your medication as prescribed by your doctor is only the first steps in successfully managing your diabetes.
- Get enough sleep – Sleep is number 1 on our list because it fuels the remainder of your day! When you are sleep deprived, you tend to exercise less and eat more due to fatigue. Starting your diabetes management with 8 hours of sleep is the best way to ensure that you have more energy to conquer the day and follow healthy eating habits. This way, you’ll have the best chance at improving your blood sugar levels and staying active and maintaining the healthiest version of yourself.
- Manage your stress – Excessive levels of stress can lead to higher levels of blood sugar. When your body feels mentally stressed it can trigger your body to produce especially high levels of stress hormones, which drive blood sugar levels up. We suggest evaluating your schedule and determine if you can make changes to relieve stress, exercising regularly, or practicing meditation.
- Get moving – Exercise is good for everyone and the benefits are endless. We try to help patients and others with diabetes think of exercise as medicine. It can help reduce stress, improve your mood, help you lose weight, reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol, and so much more. Exercising doesn’t have to be an uphill battle! We suggest setting up an exercise regimen with a professional, working out with a buddy for motivation, and planning rest and stretching days into your exercise routine.
- Manage your weight – Maintaining or moving towards a healthy weight range suggested by a professional will help you control your blood sugars and other complications associated with diabetes. Remember, even a relatively small weight loss can make a big difference when you have diabetes.
- Keep track of your carbohydrates – Keeping track of how many carbs that you’re eating during the day and how often is an important part of keeping your blood sugar under control. We suggest choosing high fiber carbs to eat during the day. There’s so many resources available on the market that tells you the nutritional value in your food. Check out Web MD’s resource and check anything from your food at home to popular restaurants!
We’re Mitokon Health Center – A diabetes center based near St Louis, MO that offers a breakthrough treatment for those interested in taking control of their diabetes and their symptoms. Have more questions? Contact Mitokon Health Center for more information by calling (314) 628-1607 or emailing us at Info@MitokonHealthCenter.com