Diabetes and Lifestyle Change
When it comes to staying healthy, doctors of people with diabetes will repeatedly tell them that health is a numbers game; there are certain numbers that all
healthy people should remember. Newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetics must change parts of their lifestyle to control their blood sugar and get better. Here are some tips to help you keep an
eye on your overall health – while sticking with the numbers.
 5 Fruits and Veggies
should remember to eat a total of five fruits and veggies each day. You
can mix and match your fruits as much as you like as long as you reach
five by the end of the day. Having a hard time making sure you get your five in? Here are some ways you can sneak in an extra serving or two:
- Add a small handful or raisins or banana to your cereal in the morning.
- Drink a smoothie instead of a soda (for as many as four fruits and veggies).
- Slice a tomato on top of your turkey sandwich.
- Stir mushrooms and onions into your breakfast omelet.
- Reach for an apple rather than a granola bar for your afternoon snack.
- Have a glass of 100% fruit juice before work or after a workout.
- Keep dried fruit in your desk or car to satisfy that mid-day sweet tooth.
 Hours of Sleep
Studies prove time and again that every needs about eight hours of
sleep each night. However, most people do not allow themselves the
luxury of the full recommended dosage of R & R. By going to bed at a reasonable hour (when you are tired) and
sleeping a full eight hours, your body will feel rested, restored, and
will ultimately function at a higher level than if it were deprived of
If you are having difficulty sleeping, take a look at your overall
stress level, diet, exercise routine, and sleeping habits. Small
changes can lead to big results. Speak to your doctor if you have
trouble sleeping for a prolonged amount of time.
 30 Minutes of Exercise
Whether you are Diabetic or not, it is important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. These 30 minutes do not have
to occur at the same time. Often, busy people may only be able to sneak
in 15 minutes here or there. However, it is important that you set
aside enough time each day to get your heart rate up, your blood
pumping, and your muscles moving.
Having a hard time sneaking in 30 minutes? Here are some quick tips that everyone can do:
 8 Glasses of Water
order for your body to function properly, your organs need to be
well-hydrated. Research shows that in order to maintain hydration,
people should drink anywhere from three to eight glasses of water each
day.Water can be flavored water, including some juices, as well.
Also, may fruits and veggies contain large amounts of water that can
help the body stay hydrated.