Managing diabetes can be challenging, but it is possible to lead a healthy and fulfilling life with the right strategies and habits.
The Area Agency on Aging in conjunction with the Clark County Combined Health District hosts a six-week workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon beginning Monday, May 1, to offer tips and provide skills and new habits to help take better control of your health, and to keep doing what matters most.
This workshop is six weeks for a lifetime of opportunities, as participants will learn they aren’t alone and they can have control of their own health and wellness.
The workshop is at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 34 W. Pleasant St., Springfield. Register by calling (937) 390-5600 ext. 293, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body uses blood sugar (glucose.)
Quick tips for effective Diabetes management include:
Eat a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet is essential for managing diabetes. It is important to eat a variety of foods that provide the necessary nutrients and keep blood sugar levels stable. Foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fat, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, are good choices for people with diabetes.
Exercise can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve overall health. Regular exercise can also help reduce the risk of complications from diabetes, such as heart disease and nerve damage. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
Monitor Blood Sugar Levels
Monitoring blood sugar levels is an important part of managing diabetes. Regular monitoring can help identify patterns and trends in blood sugar levels, allowing for adjustments to be made to diet, exercise, and medication as needed. Work with your healthcare provider to determine how often you should test your blood sugar levels.
Take Medications as Prescribed
For some people with diabetes, medications such as insulin or oral medications may be necessary to manage blood sugar levels. It is important to take these medications as prescribed and to communicate with your healthcare provider about any side effects or concerns.
Stress can affect blood sugar levels and overall health. It is important to find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, meditation, or talking to a counselor or support group.
In conclusion, healthy living with diabetes is possible with the right strategies and habits. By eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, monitoring blood sugar levels, taking medications as prescribed, and managing stress, people with diabetes can live healthy, fulfilling lives. Consult with your healthcare provider for individualized advice and support.
We’ll see you at the workshop for more great tips!