7 Bad Habits to Kick When You Have Type 2
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.
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
|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
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
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.
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,
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