Lifestyle

Lifestyle changes for diabetes care

As you manage your diabetes through lifestyle changes, your goal is to keep your blood-sugar levels steady and within a narrow range. Your healthcare provider will advise you on how often you should check your blood-sugar levels. Depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend that you test once a day, or more often. Your doctor also will set the blood-sugar numbers you should aim for in your results. There are several types of devices you can use to test a drop of blood from your finger; your diabetes care team can help you choose the one that’s right for you.

Diabetes doesn’t take a day off, and now that you have been diagnosed, neither should you. Your basic battle plan:

Your Diet and Diabetes

Before you developed diabetes, you may have frequently eaten on the fly, skipped meals, and relied on fast food. Now, you choose fresh fruits and vegetables, high-fiber foods such as whole-grain breads and cereals, brown rice, oatmeal, poultry, and fish. When you’re cooking, you use low-fat cooking methods and broil, bake, stir-fry, or grill your food instead of frying it. When you dine out, you avoid foods the menu describes as buttery, batter-dipped, crispy, with gravy, or with cheese sauce. And when your food is served, you practice mindful eating — taking your time, noticing the colors, textures, and aromas. You enjoy every bite — especially as you consider how it’s helping you keep you diabetes in check.