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.
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According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), in 2012, 29.1 million people had diabetes, and 8.1 million of them didn’t even know they had it. Managing you and your family’s diabetes can be a challenge.
Sometimes, you don’t realize the reach the disease can have on your health and your lives.
- These visual guides can help you understand the difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
- Your diabetes can affect your feet, eyes, and mouth. These guides tell you how diabetes affects them and ways to prevent problems.
- Controlling your blood sugar through an insulin-based treatment plan can be tricky, but these tips can help.
- Your blood sugar can also swing for reasons other than what you eat, so awareness is key.
- When you’re first diagnosed, insulin injections can be a scary part of dealing with your diabetes. This guide can help walk you through the process.
- You can also check out the YouTube video playlist Diabetes Basics from the ADA to learn more about how diabetes works and ways to protect yourself.
Your Family’s Diabetes
Of the 9.3% of the U.S. population who has diabetes, about 208,000 people are under age 20. And when you’re still growing up, the age difference can change the affects, both physically and emotionally.
The ADA’s page For Parents and Kids is a great place to start as you explore your child’s diabetes. Be Healthy Today; Be Healthy for Life is also an in-depth resource for kids and their families about living with type 2 diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Program also has these PDFs of helpful info and tips written specifically for teens and their needs:
- What Is Diabetes?
- Stay at a Healthy Weight
- Make Healthy Food Choices
- Dealing With the Ups and Downs of Diabetes
The ADA also has a page, Everyday Life, that helps you find resources to help your kids live with diabetes through all the stages and events of life. Topics include leaving them with babysitters, telling others, playing sports, and even parties, dating, and driving.
Their YouTube channel also has a playlist of videos to help you make sure your kids are Safe at School.
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