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5 tips for managing diabetes during the national diabetes month

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global incidence of diabetes among adults over 18 years increased from 4.7…

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global incidence of diabetes among adults over 18 years increased from 4.7 percent in 1980 to 8.5 percent in 2014. A 2016 Harris survey conducted by the Calorie Control Board revealed that 20 percent of US consumers reported that they had been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes by a medical professional.

With November as a national diabetes month, Karima Kendall, Ph.D., RDN, LDN in the Caloric Control Board (CCC), outlined five tips to deal with this disease affects an increasing number of people.

first Managing Stress

Too much stress is unhealthy to all, especially for those living with Type 1

or Type 2 diabetes. In addition to stress that causes people to forget or not have time to control blood sugar levels or plan healthy meals, stress hormones can directly change blood glucose levels. Efforts to reduce stress by implementing tactics like exercise, breathing exercises and other relaxing hobbies only help with diabetes management.

2nd Stand up and move for at least 30 minutes a day

Exercise helps to increase insulin sensitivity. This means that the cells in your muscles can better use all available insulin to absorb glucose during and after physical activity. In addition to helping to lower the blood sugar in the short term, exercise on a regular, regular basis can lower your A1C. Aim for at least 30 minutes with moderate to heavy exercise a day. However, note that low blood sugar may occur during and up to 24 hours after physical activity, and are more prone to occur if you take insulin, skip meals or exercise intensively or for a long time.

3. Take advantage of low and no calorie sweeteners

Daily diabetes deals if it is difficult without giving up the sweet candy you enjoy. There are several low and no calorie sweeteners available that are safe to consume and give the same sweetness as sugar but without affecting blood sugar levels. In addition to being in packaged foods and beverages, many of these sweeteners can be purchased at the grocery store and serve as standalone sweeteners for use in your own recipes. Given that the vacation treaty enjoyed this time of year at the seasonal meetings, these sweets can help you get your freshly frozen hot chocolate – and drink it too! For more information on low and no calorie sweeteners and diabetes, including carb-smart recipes, visit here.

4th Warding Illness

Physical stress, such as disease or injury, causes higher blood sugar levels in people living with diabetes. With the cold and flu season over us, be sure to get your flu shot, eat well and wash your hands often. In addition, talk to your doctor about adjustments that you may need to make for your personal diabetes management routine and insulin dose (if appropriate) if you become ill.

5th Remember, do not let “perfect” be the enemy to “good”

Although there are differences in type 1 diabetes type 2 treatment, it is simply not possible to maintain a perfect blood sugar 100% of the time. how much you monitor and manage your diabetes Even those without diabetes experience moderate nails and low blood sugar levels. Instead, focus on living a balanced lifestyle full of things that motivate you, rather than letting some poor blood sugar levels deter you. You control your diabetes – not the other way around!

This survey was conducted online in the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of the Calorie Control Council from November 16-18, 2016 among 2074 American adults ages 18 and over. This online survey is not based on a probability example and therefore no calculation of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For full survey methodology, including weight variables, please contact Stan Samples at the Calorie Control Council, [email protected] and 678-303-2996.

Selena Hill

Selena Hill is the Digital Editor of Black Enterprise and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

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