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Diabetes Diet, Eating, & Physical Activity

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Balancing diabetes diet, eating habits, and physical activity for overall health.
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Nutrition and physical activity are important parts of a healthy lifestyle when you have diabetes. Along with other benefits, following a healthy meal plan and being active can help you keep your blood glucose level, also called blood sugar, in your target range. To manage your blood glucose, you need to balance what you eat and drink with physical activity and diabetes medicine, if you take any. What you choose to eat, how much you eat, and when you eat are all important in keeping your blood glucose level in the range that your healthcare team recommends.

Becoming more active and making changes in what you eat and drink can seem challenging at first. You may find it easier to start with small changes and get help from your family, friends, and healthcare team.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does physical activity impact blood sugar levels in diabetes?

Physical activity helps lower blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity and aiding in glucose utilization by the muscles.

What is the ideal exercise routine for managing diabetes?

A combination of aerobic exercises (like brisk walking) and strength training is ideal. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized exercise recommendations.

Can I eat more carbs if I exercise regularly with diabetes?

Regular exercise may allow for a slightly higher carb intake, but it’s essential to monitor blood sugar levels and work with your healthcare team to adjust your diet accordingly.

How can I balance my diabetes diet and exercise routine for optimal results?

Balancing diet and exercise involves regular monitoring, adjusting your meal plan to match activity levels, and coordinating with your healthcare provider.

Are there specific precautions for exercising with diabetes?

Yes, it’s crucial to check blood sugar levels before and after exercise, stay hydrated, and be aware of hypoglycemia symptoms while working out.
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