When you’re diagnosed with diabetes, it affects many parts of your life. Making healthy lifestyle choices is important when trying to manage your diabetes.
Things you might not think about, like sleep, stress, and salt, can affect your diabetes. Keep these lifestyle tips in mind:
- Your food choices have a huge impact on your blood sugar, and a healthy diet is a key piece of the puzzle when it comes to managing your diabetes. Counting carbohydrates can be an important part of managing your diabetes, especially if you use insulin, and this WebMD guide can help.
- Sometimes, it can feel like diabetes is limiting your choices when it comes to food, but there are still lots of options. This list goes over 11 Drinks for People With Diabetes, so you have more options than water, and this guide can even help you choose the occasional cocktail safely.
- You can also check out these helpful examples of the best and worst meals for dining out with diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association’s YouTube channel has a Healthy Eating and Recipes playlist with video tutorials to help you choose and prepare healthy meals.
- Exercise is also an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. It’s important to get up and get out there for your body and for your diabetes.
- Try these 10 muscle moves that help with your diabetes to begin strength training.
- These tips can help you use exercise to prevent diabetes-related nerve pain and to improve your balance.
For more workouts and a huge variety of healthy recipes, head over to our Pinterest. And to learn more about nutrition, weight management, and the great fitness discounts we offer to our members, visit our online Wellness section.
This week in food, to help you keep your healthy goals this football season, we gave you a different healthy recipe each day to try this Sunday at your Superbowl party.
First up are the tasty, one-bite mixtures of classic dishes, Sweet and Sour Meatballs.
Cooking Light magazine helps you lighten up an Illinois classic chili recipe in this video. Try it for your gameday.
These Zucchini Fries are a delicious way to sneak some vegetables into your Superbowl lineup.
This Peppered Peanut Brittle is a unique, healthy snack for your party at just 105 calories.
These Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos are so tasty that no one will even know they’re a light recipe.
These Beer-Battered Onion Rings with Roasted Pepper Aioli make junk food healthy at just 223 calories.
Whip up this Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip with just 59 calories before your big game bash today.
Our central Illinois weather definitely challenged us this winter. Slippery conditions are my least favorite. I took a tumble in a local grocery store parking lot and “fortunately” there were plenty of spectators to help me up. I am guessing it was on camera, too.
For some of our older friends and family members, the potential for falling is not based on the weather, but a year-round concern. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 29 minutes, an older adult dies following a fall.”
Sobering statistics, to say the least.
This year, Health Alliance Medicare, with Catholic Charities of Decatur, St. Mary’s Hospital, and the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging (ECIAAA), is supporting a program called A Matter of Balance. This evidence-based program helps people learn to avoid falls and teaches them how to increase strength and enhance balance.
Mike O’Donnell, ECIAAA executive director, reviewed the training materials and told me, “Older adults at risk of falling often fear injury, a broken hip and having to be in a nursing home. This program encourages us to reduce the risk of falling by using sensible safeguards. We can all choose not to allow fear of falling to take over our lives by using good judgment and common sense. The fear of falling can often lead to isolation and feeling out of touch.”
Specially trained volunteer coaches lead the eight, 2-hour classes that make up the program. The classes involve group discussion, problem solving, skill building, video tapes, and exercise training. A physical therapist attends one of the classes to answer questions and discuss safety issues.
Now that I think about it, this kind of training wouldn’t hurt any of us. As usual, prevention is the best course.
The program is open to anyone, whether you’d like to learn for yourself or to better help others.
If this seems like a good idea, please contact Nicole Kirlin at Catholic Charities of Decatur at 217-428-0013, or by email at Kirlin_dec@cc.dio.org. She would be happy to talk with you and let you know if A Matter of Balance is available in your area.
I had every intention of signing up myself. I guess it must have slipped my mind. I won’t make that mistake again!
Patrick Harness is a community liaison with a long history of experience in health insurance. If you ask him to pick a color, he always chooses orange, and he is known for his inability to parallel park.