Controlling Diabetes through Diet and Exercise

The number of people in the United States that have been diagnosed with diabetes is increasing annually and this number just continues to rise in epidemic proportions. The reason for this is due to the lifestyle that so many Americans lead.

More people than ever are obese due to a poor diet, unhealthy eating habits, and the lack of exercise on a regular basis and so it is no surprise that the number of individuals being diagnosed with diabetes grows on a daily basis as all of these unhealthy choices can lead to diabetes. However, it is never too late to make a change – even if you have already been diagnosed with diabetes. By implementing a good diet and regular exercise into your daily routine you will be pleasantly surprised at how much easier it will be to manage your diabetes.

Controlling your diabetes through diet:

Simply controlling your diet by keeping it well balanced is a big step in controlling your diabetes. By eliminating the amount of sugar you consume on a regular basis will make a world of difference as well. You also need to watch the amount of carbohydrates you consume each day – especially simple carbohydrates – as they drastically affect the glucose levels in your body.

Often times you can start out making small adjustments in your diet and then increase your diet changes as you go. By doing this it isn't quite as overwhelming as it would be if you made drastic adjustments all at once.

Controlling your diabetes through exercise:

Exercising on a regular basis is critical. Starting a workout regimen of only 30 minutes a day of low impact exercise will go a long way in helping you control your diabetes. Walking is a great example of this type of exercise.

Exercise helps control your diabetes in several different ways but one of the most important since it is in the muscles where this disease originates when the cells lose their tolerance to insulin. The muscles can reject the insulin much easier if they are in good shape from exercise.

Additional benefits of diet and exercise:

If you are overweight, losing some of your body weight is another way to control your diabetes as obesity is the leading cause of diabetes. By eating a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis you will definitely be able to shed off some of those unwanted pounds which in turn will help you control you diabetes.

Before you start an exercise regimen or make any changes in your diet you should always consult your physician. He or she will be able to give you the proper guidance and help you create a solid plan that will help you control your diabetes.

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