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3 Crucial Steps of Self-Management for Better Health

Beginning a new routine for a healthier lifestyle is no easy self-management task. It can be extremely difficult  restrain what have become essentially your automatic behaviors, such as eating junk foods, lounging, watching TV before/after work, etc. But, being too comfortable isn’t always a good thing (or a bad thing), even if it “feels good” and natural. (more…)

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3 Keys To Maintain Your New Healthy Lifestyle

Suppose you’ve committed to improve your health, perhaps by eating salad for dinner three nights a week, and you’ve been following the plan for a month straight. But, starting tomorrow you’ll be on vacation, or it may be that you are falling ill or you are about to have an extremely busy work week. These are all common complications that could interfere with your diet regimens if you’re not prepared. In order to maintain your healthy lifestyle, you need to take the following steps

  1. Identify possible barriers
  2. Stay organized
  3. Be OK with modifying your plans!

Read more: Getting Healthy: How to Start a New Healthy Lifestyle

Identify the Barriers

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not always easy. There are plenty of obstacles to leading a healthy lifestyle, and you’ll certainly encounter several of them in your journey to better health! They are part of the process! So, in order to prepare for these hurdles, you must first identify them. List a number of obstacles that you might face while dieting, for example,  such as social pressure from peers or family, cravings, being too tired to cook or exercise etc.

Stay Organized

If you have identified potential difficulties to maintain your healthy lifestyle, the next step is to get organized. If you’re organized, you are better prepared to overcome these obstacles with more ease! Here are some examples:

  • Lay out your exercise outfit  the night before an early workout.
  • Add your exercise time to your calendar.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables right away so they are ready to eat throughout the week.
  • Prepar meals at the beginning of the week.

Modify Your Plans

The last thing you must do to maintain your healthy lifestyle is accept stumbling blocks. There is a lot in life that is unforeseeable. Accept that things happen, and remember that you are a human being! Putting too much pressure on yourself might have negative side effects. Instead, be prepared to improvise. If something work-related comes up, for example, and prevents you from finishing your workout, plan to head back later, or think of another creative way to get those last 15 minutes in!

Read more: 6 common questions about exercise and diabetes

HOW TO CONTROL DIABETES

Five tips on how to control diabetes

When asked about diabetes management, the majority of people imagine medications and insulin shots. These measures, however important, are just the tip of the iceberg that is diabetes management. That is, diabetes management is a lifestyle; depending on the conditions, successful diabetes treatment can require lots of planning, exercise, the proper diet, and other “tricks.”

By the end of this article, you will find out how to control diabetes better by following some simple principles.

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6 common questions about exercise and diabetes

Maintaining an active lifestyle is necessary for a person with diabetes. However, there are definitely some myths circulating about exercise and diabetes that can deter diabetics from exercising. In this article, we debunk some of those myths and help you understand how to fit an active lifestyle with your diabetes. We will address these issues by using questions patients typically ask of their healthcare providers. (more…)

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How Diabetes Affects Personal Relationships and What to Do

Often times, when you’re suffering from a chronic condition, you need a great amount of mental and physical energy to maintain your health, let alone relationships and other commitments. You need to find a balance between managing your condition and caring for/being there for your loved one(s), be it a partner, parent, brother, sister, or friend. (more…)

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The Most Important External Sources of Insulin Diabetics Use

There are more than 422 million diabetics all over the world, and approximately 27% of them use external or artificial insulin. What is external insulin, and how and where were these sources of insulin discovered/created? Below is a summary of the advanced technological, medical, and DNA engineering and discoveries of our time that has led to external insulin as a disease control option for diabetics.

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What is Caregiver Burnout and How Can I Combat it?

Some patients are able to manage their diabetes independently, while others need regular assistance. If you are someone who helps a patient day-to-day, you sure have a lot of responsibilities. Diabetes is a chronic condition that involves full and serious commitment from patients, caregivers, and loved ones. But, what happens when your care giving responsibilities drain all your mental and physical energy? Caregiver burnout. (more…)

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The Fascinating Evolution of Diabetes Care

First, let’s travel back a hundred years and imagine a hypothetical conversation between a doctor and the parents of a T1 diabetes child. It would sound something like this:

“I am sorry, but there is not much we can do. A year, or a year and a half at best. Let me show you the boy’s bed. Please, be quiet, some of the patients in his room are having really hard time right now.” (more…)

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How to recognize and react to blood sugar spike symptoms?

Unlike hypoglycemia, which can be quite unpleasant (and dangerous) for both healthy individuals and people with diabetes, hyperglycemia is an issue unique to diabetics. In diabetes, hyperglycemia might signal a dangerous and potentially deadly metabolic disorder called ketoacidosis. In this article, you will learn about blood sugar spikes and what to do in a situation when you or a friend is experiencing a dangerous blood sugar spike symptoms.

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Communication in Diabetes

What makes communication important in diabetes management?

Diabetes is undoubtedly a condition that influences various aspects of a patient’s life. One aspect that is less well-known than others, but has a significant impact on one’s life, is mental health. Mental health is crucial to diabetes patients, and there are steps they can take to get closer to a happy and mentally healthy life. (more…)

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How to Overcome Diabetes Burnout and Depression?

Being a diabetic comes with inevitable difficulties and emotional challenges. Patients need to understand those negative emotions and diabetes burnout occasions arise from time to time. And they must do their best to take care of their emotional health to ensure physical well-being. In this article, we will share some facts and advice for maintaining positivity while living with diabetes. (more…)

What causes low blood sugar in diabetics?

Blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, is what fans the flames of life. Some medications reduce the circulating blood sugar level, and some dietary regimens (e.g. keto diet and low carb diet) restrict the amount of carb intake that way causing the low blood sugar. But, no matter if you observe a high carb or a low carb diet or if you need such medication, glucose in your bloodstream must be stable for you to think and act clearly. (more…)

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Which Medical Specialists Should Be Part Of Your Diabetes Team?

Diabetes, type 1 or 2, is the disease complications. Some of the most common complications affect your feet, eyes, heart, and kidneys. These complications make it necessary to visit other specialists besides your main diabetes doctor. Here we explain which specialties will be absolutely necessary for your diabetes team care. (more…)

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Who Should Be Part Of Your Primary Diabetes Team?

A diabetes diagnosis, whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, can be life-changing. However, with all the resources available nowadays, you don’t have to experience this disease alone! The following information will help you recognize which individuals will/should be a part of your diabetes team as well as whom you can rely on for different types of support. (more…)

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What does insulin do in your body?

Almost everybody knows that insulin has something to do with blood sugar regulation, but the story doesn’t end there. It has a much more complex role in the human body than most realize. Generally speaking, insulin is a hormone associated with energy abundance. It plays a crucial role in the regulation of virtually all metabolic processes in the body, particularly those related to a certain kind of synthesis- anabolic processes. (more…)