Every year, many Americans find out that they have diabetes.  Initially, this can be discouraging news.  Fortunately, by developing a healthy lifestyle, many people with diabetes are able to control the disease.  Putting good habits into your life should not be a daunting task. The following are several ways in which you can help manage your diabetes:

Weight loss. It is important that you shed any extra pounds.  In fact, 80 percent of adults who develop diabetes are overweight.  By exercising, you can reduce your risk of suffering from the complications that go along with diabetes such as heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.  The most effective way to lose weight is to consume fewer high fat and high calorie foods and to exercise consistently.  Start by exercising moderately once or twice a week and gradually work up until you are working out three or four times a week for 30 to 45 minutes a session.

Eating Habits.  Many Americans eat two to three meals a day, consuming large portions at one or all of those times.  Instead of skipping breakfast and gorging at lunch and dinner, you can help keep your blood glucose level steady by eating several small meals throughout the day.  The good news is, not only will this help stabilize your blood sugar, but it can also help you lose weight by keeping you from eating only when you are ravenously hungry

Sugar intake.  Although you don’t develop diabetes simply from eating too many sugary foods, you should be careful not to eat too much sugar.  This is another way to help stabilize your blood sugar.  By putting these tips into practice, you can start on the road towards better health.  Not only will you begin to feel better, you can be an example to those around you, whether or not they have diabetes.

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