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diaHIGH POINT, N.C.(Fox8) — Proper diet and regular exercise play integral roles in treating and managing diabetes.  A healthy diet paired with exercise and proper medication management can significantly improve the quality of life of individuals living with diabetes.  While portion control is an important component of diet, it is the quality of the portions that is even more important. People with diabetes should try to avoid concentrated sugars as much as possible, and when they do consume carbohydrates, they should choose those with a low glycemic index, meaning it will take longer for the sugars to break down in the body.

We all know that old habits die hard, and upon a diabetes diagnosis, patients often feel overwhelmed by the drastic lifestyle changes they will need to make to help control their blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is okay to take baby steps toward achieving an ideal lifestyle to manage diabetes. For the avid sweet tea drinkers, switch to half and half tea to cut down on the amount of sugar. Instead of drinking a glass of orange juice, eat an actual orange to avoid the processed sugars and receive the added nutrients. Eat a baked sweet potato rather than an Irish potato with your dinner. Modifications such as these can kickstart new, healthier habits and help control blood sugar levels, ultimately helping you avoid diabetes-related complications down the road.

And don’t forget the power of exercise! The American Diabetes Association recommends diabetes patients to participate in at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. Aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming, biking and jogging, help control and lower blood sugar levels.  Fitting 30 minutes of exercise into your schedule five times a week is ideal for lowering blood sugar. Over time, as your endurance and fitness levels increase, try to increase the length and intensity of your workouts, and begin incorporating strength and resistance training. The team of registered dieticians and diabetes educators at the Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center is dedicated to educating diabetic patients throughout the community how to manage their disease through proper diet and exercise.

And don’t forget the power of exercise! The American Diabetes Association recommends diabetes patients to participate in at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. Aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming, biking and jogging, help control and lower blood sugar levels.  Fitting 30 minutes of exercise into your schedule five times a week is ideal for lowering blood sugar. Over time, as your endurance and fitness levels increase, try to increase the length and intensity of your workouts, and begin incorporating strength and resistance training. The team of registered dieticians and diabetes educators at the Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center is dedicated to educating diabetic patients throughout the community how to manage their disease through proper diet and exercise.

 

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