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7 Bad Habits to Kick When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

Minimize diabetes harm to your body by kicking these bad habits

Managing Type 2 diabetes isn’t easy. It is because its cure is not found in medicine. You have to rely on a healthy lifestyle to prevent complications from the disease that can occur later on. It is true that certain bad habits can boost your blood glucose levels further, thus posing several risks to your health.

Middle-aged man walking briskly on beach

There is no overestimating the importance of physical activity (in particular all-round
beneficial walking)
for better control of blood glucose levels and for keeping
the overall health, especially daily walking for about 30 minutes.

So, if you have Type 2 Diabetes, you need to kick the following habits:

1. Not Engaging in Any Physical Activity:

Physical movement is important to lower blood’s glucose levels. According to some studies, diabetic people should do 150 minutes of aerobic exercises per week to lessen their insulin resistance as well as to maintain a healthy weight. Health experts recommend activities such as walking, jogging, running, biking and swimming for diabetic patients.

Along with these aerobic exercises, they should also engage in strength training exercises like weightlifting, squats, push-ups, and so on. Women with diabetes are advised to wear special diabetic shoes while doing their workout. These extra wide womens shoes are designed to prevent their skin breakout as they exercise.

2. Skipping Meals and Eating Only Once:

Many people especially workaholics skip their meals especially breakfast and eat at the end of the day. The adverse effect of this is the unexpected rise in their sugar levels and also weight gain. So, if you are diabetic, do not skip your meals ever even if you are extremely busy. Take proper meals during the morning, afternoon and night instead of binging straight in the evening/night.

3. Smoking and Drinking:

It is no doubt that smoking and drinking is bad for health but these habits can be excessively dangerous for those who have Type 2 Diabetes. They cause sugar levels to elevate and also increase risks of heart diseases and poor blood circulation resulting in ulcers, infections, nerve damage, and eye problems.

4. Not Having a Routine Check-up of Blood Sugar:

Keeping a close watch on your glucose levels is important so as to manage it. Knowing your blood sugar levels every month will help you know how effectively your own treatment plan is working. Also, it will help your doctor access your condition in case your sugar levels are not under control.

Woman holding Accu-Chek device, showing and ideal blood sugar level at 5.3.
Regular checking up of your blood sugar levels makes you more aware
of your glucose levels
and keeps your blood glucose in check,
reducing negative effects of diabetes on your health.

5. Taking Too Much Stress:

Stress is not good for anyone and diabetic patients are of no exception. Stress hormones released by the body during high tension tend to have a direct effect on blood glucose levels. Also, if you are stressed out, you are less likely to stick to a healthy lifestyle because of tensions going in your mind. To get rid of stress, one should practice yoga and meditation and deep breathing exercises. Engaging in favorite activities like listening to music, watching comedy shows, etc. can also help you relieve from stress.

6. Consuming Foods That Increase Glucose Levels:

Eating and drinking stuff such as starchy food, dairy products, sugary food and drinks, junk food, and so on is undoubtedly bad for you if you have Type 2 Diabetes. Instead of these, rely on a healthy diet that includes food & drinks rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals like potassium and chromium.

Better still, consider adapting your nutrition in line with the Glycemic Index, which is a list of foods specifically tested by the University of Sydney researchers, in order to determine foods that are good and not so good for diabetics.

7. Midnight Snacking:

Eating snacks at late night is not good for anyone, and especially not at all good for diabetic patients. This late eating pattern disrupts insulin secretion and causes blood glucose spikes. It can be particularly harmful when done this late, after which your body goes to rest, instead of being active. Physical activity reduces blood glucose by utilizing it, whereas inactivity does the opposite.

Not to mention that late-night snacking can have an effect on your body weight, too.

Author Bio

Jorge Gonzales is a rabid health and fitness aficionado. He is sports lover and a fitness enthusiast who believes in healthy living. His inspiration lies in all those things that are healthy and natural. He loves to share his knowledge about health, fitness, and muscle-building too.

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