For Your Better Health – November 2017

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November is American Diabetes Month! Here are some tips for managing diabetes:

  • Stay active and exercise. Moving toward a healthy weight helps control blood. Regular exercise can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight. Exercise also cuts stress and helps control blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Get at least 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise 5 days a week
  • Check your blood sugar level at least twice a day. 
  • Get A1C blood tests to find out your average blood sugar for the past 2 to 3 months. Most people with type 2 diabetes should aim for an A1C of 7% or lower.
  • Track your carbohydrates. Managing your carbs can help keep your blood sugar under control. Choose high-fiber carbs, such as green vegetables, fruit, beans, and whole grains.
  • Get some rest. People with diabetes who get enough sleep often have healthier eating habits and improved blood sugar levels.
  • Manage stress. Stress and diabetes don’t mix. Excess stress can elevate blood sugar levels. But you can find relief by sitting quietly for 15 minutes, meditating, or practicing yoga.
  • See your doctor. Get a complete checkup at least once a year, though you may talk to your doctor more often.