7 ways to control diabetes and live longer

Take control and put that diabetes monster back in its place for good

1. Eat smart

Eat a healthy and balanced diet of whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, fats, wholegrains and nuts.  Eat regular meals and don't skip meals.  

2. Manage your weight

Keep your weight within your optimal BMI (body mass index).  Keep track of any body weight changes, and if you’re concerned about your weight, visit a dietician.

3. Get active

Move more and exercise 3 – 5 times a week.  Not a gym fanatic or an adrenalin junkie?  Try these calming, low impact exercises for just 30 minutes a day:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  •  Pilates
  • Tai Chi
  • Dancing

If you have any body injuries or movement concerns, visit a biokineticist.

4. Reduce your risk

Quit smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes and no matter what type of diabetes you have, smoking makes your diabetes harder to manage. Reduce or eliminate sugary and processed foods. To find out how, check out this article from Healthline 15 ways to lower your blood sugar.  Due to the amount of hidden sugars in alcohol and it's potential to raise blood pressure, it goes without saying that you need to reduce or eliminate your alcohol intake too.  

5. Keep track

Get tested regularly to check your glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Keep track of your readings and monitor progress. 

Make sure to maintain your check-up schedule with your doctor.

 6. Take medication

Know your pills and insulin, and understand how they work.  Take them at the right doses at the right time.  Ask your doctor about additional health supplements you can take.  At Herbs and Health, we offer various herbs and supplements that assist in managing diabetes and maintaining your good health, naturally.  Always check with your doctor first, when taking these to prevent any adverse interactions with your medication.

7. Get support

Build a support tribe from your family, friends and diabetes care team.  Set realistic health goals and work steadily towards them – easy does it!  Join a diabetes association like Diabetes SA and Diabetes Education Society of South Africa for current information, support groups & workshops and any diabetes related events in your area.

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