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  • Writer's pictureDr. Monique J. Caruth, PT, DPT

Tips To Better Manage Your Diabetes

It is #diabetesawarenessmonth and it is one of the most common conditions impacting our quality of life and how well we move.

Managing diabetes involves making lifestyle changes to control blood sugar levels. Here are some healthy tips:

1. Monitor Blood Sugar: Regularly check your blood glucose levels as advised by your healthcare provider.

2. Healthy Eating: Follow a balanced diet with portion control. Focus on whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy.

3. Carbohydrate Management: Learn to count and manage carbohydrates, as they have a significant impact on blood sugar.

4. Regular Exercise: Engage in regular physical activity, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, to help control blood sugar and improve overall health.

5. Medication: Take prescribed medications as directed by your healthcare team.

6. Stress Management: Practice stress-reduction techniques like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to help keep blood sugar in check.

7. Weight Management: Achieve and maintain a healthy weight, as it can improve insulin sensitivity.

8. Hydration: Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

9. Regular Checkups: Visit your healthcare provider regularly to monitor your diabetes and address any concerns.

10. Educate Yourself: Learn about diabetes and how it affects your body. Knowledge is a powerful tool in managing the condition.

11. Sleep Well: Ensure you get enough quality sleep as sleep patterns can impact blood sugar control.

12. Limit Alcohol and Quit Smoking: Reduce alcohol consumption and quit smoking, as they can affect blood sugar and overall health.

13. Support System: Seek support from friends, family, or diabetes support groups to help you stay motivated and informed.

Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice on managing your diabetes, as individual needs may vary. #diabetesawareness #diabetes #homehealth #HomeHealthcare

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