More than 10% of Americans have diabetes, and these numbers have grown tremendously in the last few decades. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s important to prioritize your self-care now more than ever. There are many things you can do to manage your diabetes and feel your best.
Here are some tips to take care of yourself if you have diabetes:
Aim for more protein and veggies.
You probably already know that sugars and refined carbohydrates like those found in bread and pasta can raise your blood sugar and place a strain on your body. Instead of trying to cut out all carbs, focus on what you can add. Aim for quality proteins and vegetables with every meal. This will help keep you fuller and your blood sugar more stable.
Find enjoyable movement.
Not everyone enjoys exercise, but everyone can find some way to move their bodies that feels fun. Let go of the idea that you have to punish yourself with hard workouts, and instead look for activities that bring you joy while also getting your heart rate up. Try dancing, roller blading, yoga, swimming, or simply walking while listening to music.
Reach for water.
Hydration is important for everyone, but especially those with chronic health conditions like diabetes. Make sure you always have a water bottle on you when you’re out and about, and try to drink a glass of water before each meal. If you are trying to quit sodas, energy drinks, and other sugary beverages, look for unsweetened flavored seltzers or herbal teas instead.
Get professional support.
Everyone with diabetes should have a primary care provider that oversees their health, but you don’t necessarily have to go through a traditional doctor’s office. Your local urgent care clinic has primary care services for diabetes management, and can schedule an appointment to go over your blood tests, prescribe insulin, oversee diabetic foot care, and offer more health support.
At DuPage Immediate Care, we can help you manage your diabetes. Come visit us or make your appointment online today.