Today is a day to bring attention and awareness to a disease that runs rampant in the United States; Diabetes. Today is National American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a day to bring awareness to this metabolic disease that nearly 29.1 million Americans have. Diabetes affected 9.3% of the population and was the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Today we not only bring awareness to the disease but we also provide you with A Look At How You Can Combat Diabetes. Have a look below for some tips to a healthier lifestyle and help fight diabetes immediately. Of course, you can also check out the Diabetes.org where you can find a ton of information as well as other ways to help and donate to the fight against diabetes!
First and foremost, the key to any healthy, or healthier lifestyle starts with your diet. One of the biggest ways to combat diabetes would be changing your diet and in turn changing your lifestyle. Sue McLaughlin, RD, diabetes educator and president of healthcare and education for the American Diabetes Association said: “Basic principles of good health like eating right, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight can be as effective as medicine in the management of type 2 diabetes for most people.” Improving your diet and including more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean meats, and low-fat dairy is an excellent way to start combating this awful disease. Fruits and non-starchy vegetables are great while proving plenty of nutrients and vitamins. Of course, a diet and a change in eating habits are great, but adding an exercise routine is sure to help. Exercise moves glucose out of your blood into your cells which results in better blood sugar levels. The more intense the exercise, the better the flow, while weight-lifting sessions, cardio, like walking, running, swimming and more can help keep blood sugar levels steady. Keep it moving and keep it healthy, and help keep diabetes at out of your life.
Stress in itself is a killer, and your best bet for a healthy lifestyle is managing your stress in a healthy way. Stress can affect all aspects of our healthy from our weight to blood sugar levels. There are a number of ways you can help to combat stress such as exercise, yoga, tai chi, meditation, massage, and more. Stress relief will assist in all aspects of your life, letting you sleep better, wake up refreshed and ready for the day. Other great ways to relieve stress is to listen to soothing music and to simply relax. Chill out, do something mellow and change your mood, the result could save your life and is sure to help you combat diabetes.
Getting enough sleep is a key to life, as well as contribute to aid in a healthy lifestyle. Sleeping not only helps you relax and soothes stress, but it also helps with glucose tolerance. Studies have shown that sleeping less than six hours a night has also been found to contribute to impaired glucose tolerance which often precedes type 2 diabetes. Tips for a better night sleep include a yoga routine, deep breathing before bed, avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods at night, a cool sleeping environment, as well as blocking out all light and noise. Establishing a solid sleep schedule is a great routine to aid in blood sugar levels and the progression of type 2 diabetes. We all love to sleep, and we could all use a little more of it. Aim for eight hours a night and step into a healthier lifestyle, while also warding off diabetes in the process.
This disease is often an overlooked killer. We all know someone who struggles with diabetes, and we all now know some major steps to take to combat it. Diabetes is avoidable, and it is not that hard, it is all about consistency. Today is National American Diabetes Association Alert Day, so be alert and change your life; you deserve it! Celebrate with a healthy, long life!