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Controlling Diabetes With Lifestyle Changes

Jun 30, 2008
A diabetic is a person whose body is unable to produce adequate and healthy amounts of insulin in order to control blood-sugar levels. There are many different approaches designed to help diabetics controlling diabetes, ranging from changing eating habits to increasing physical activity.

Medication has also been shown to be an effective way of controlling diabetes. Medical treatments for diabetes include daily insulin injections, as well as taking insulin in the form of a pill. The best approach though, appears to be a combination of several factors.

Diabetes and being overweight almost go hand-in-hand. Most of the time, individuals who are overweight have an increased risk of becoming diabetic. For these individuals, most of their problems result from an inactive, sedentary lifestyle, which is consequently another contributing factor in the development of diabetes.

Thin and active individuals should be aware that they too are at risk for developing diabetes. In these cases, diabetes can develop as much from genetics as it can from an unhealthy lifestyle.

One major contributor to diabetes today is the fact that most of today's foods are high in fat, and readily available. Today's busy world make it difficult for individuals on-the-go to prepare their own healthy meals, and as a result, they have no other choice but to turn to fast food. Couple this with the fact that many people today fail to get a daily amount exercise and you literally have a recipe for disaster. Poor diet and poor exercise are major contributors to the development of diabetes. Avoiding exercise, eating lots of fatty foods and sugar within your diet, as well as being overweight, are some of the major contributing factors associated with diabetes.

The first step in fending off, or controlling diabetes is a change in physical lifestyle. All people, especially diabetics and those who are more at risk for developing diabetes, should consider daily exercise. This exercise does not have to be anything major. A thirty-minute a day walk, or even a short weightlifting session at the gym can both be good places to start.

Besides increasing the amount of daily activity, diabetics also need to consider changing the way they eat. Everyone knows that fast food tastes great, but for the diabetic, it might not be the best choice. Instead of typical food choices, consider something with a few less calories, and avoid foods that are described as creamy, sautéed, or fried. More than likely, these are the highest-calorie foods on the menu.

Diabetics should also avoid foods that contain high-fat and high-calorie condiments like mayonnaise, butter, and cheese, as well as certain high-carbohydrate sauces.

Diabetics should focus on eating foods that are low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Most restaurants have skinless chicken and fresh vegetables readily available on their menus.

Although there is no official or standard diabetic diet, there are some standard lifestyle choices that diabetics can make to ensure a healthy life. Most of the time, success comes down to a willingness to achieve change.
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