Living With Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is a disease that often affects people struggling with obesity. While diabetes is common, with over 29 million affected in the U.S., there can still be a stigma attached to the condition. However, with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, along with healthy weight loss, Type 2 Diabetes can be managed and even cured.
The healthcare and weight loss experts at DFW Bariatric Institute have helped many people struggling with Type 2 Diabetes, and they know that there are ways to live a more healthy life while managing diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t have to be a progressive disease; follow our health tips to living with Type 2 Diabetes.
1. Educate Yourself
The first step to living with Type 2 Diabetes is understanding the fundamentals of the condition. A healthy glucose level is the key to managing diabetes. A healthy level is between 4.6-6.0 via A1C Test. To be considered in remission you need to have a glucose level of 5.6 or below for a year, without the help of medications. Monitoring and understanding your glucose level is key in managing your diabetes.
2. Understand Your Diet
An unbalanced diet is one of the key factors in spiking glucose levels – that’s why it is important to optimize your diet. Staying away from foods that are high on the Glycemic Index, including high carb high starch foods such as white bread and sugar, is important to managing diabetes. Eating a diet rich in lean proteins like fish or turkey and leafy greens is a great way to manage diabetes.
3. Make Exercise A Priority
While eating healthy is a huge benefit to anyone living with diabetes, it often takes a complete lifestyle change to manage or eliminate diabetes. Making exercise a priority is essential for anyone looking to make a permanent change. It’s important to set sustainable exercise goals, so even getting up for a long walk once a day is a great way to start prioritizing health and wellness.
Stress can cause a plethora of health issues and can have a negative effect on blood sugar levels. Finding ways to manage stress is important when living with Type 2 Diabetes and also for overall health and wellness. Practice yoga or try your hand at meditation, as both have been shown to reduce stress and offer a wide range of health benefits.
5. Manage Your Weight
Losing weight has been shown to have a profound effect on Type 2 Diabetes, as losing weight can result in lower glucose levels. As we know, diet and exercise are a critical part of weight loss, but there are challenges to losing weight and some people are not able to attain the results they need through diet and exercise alone. Many people with Type 2 Diabetes opt for weight loss surgery as a powerful tool to manage diabetes and lose weight with medical support. An ASMBS study found that bariatric surgery leads to improvement of Type 2 Diabetes in more than 85 % of patients and complete remission of the disease in 78%. Bariatric surgery is very successful in treating Type 2 Diabetes and can help patients reclaim their health.
Contact us today to talk to one of our weight loss experts for more information about how bariatric surgery can help you reclaim your health and wellness.