Diabetes impacts 1 in 10 people in the United States, and 1 in 3 Americans are now considered prediabetic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s important to manage your diabetes carefully so that you can live a full and healthy life.
At Mahajan Therapeutics, we offer holistic, whole-body care through our primary care services. Our outstanding practitioners encourage you to learn about your disease so that you can make wholesome lifestyle changes which better suit your needs. From blood sugar testing to stress management, we aim to help our clients to be as informed as they are healthy.
Blood Sugar Testing
The American Diabetes Association stresses the importance of blood sugar monitoring and testing. They stress this is particularly important if you are insulin dependent or are pregnant. Results should be tracked and written down.
Consider tracking your blood sugar values on your phone, or writing them down on a piece of paper. Having a log of your measurements will help with future medication dosing and can help ensure that your A1C levels stay in the healthy range.
The CDC suggests that you begin an exercise routine slowly to ensure you make a long-lasting change. They write, “the goal is to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week. One way to reach that goal is to be active for 30 minutes on most days. Depending on your fitness level, you could start with a 10-minute walk after dinner and build up slowly.”
These small and consistent changes can help to lower your blood sugar levels and can make a major difference to your overall health. It’s important to remember that any change you make to benefit your blood sugar management is a good one. Don’t be hard on yourself if you miss a day of activity, and look for forms of exercise you enjoy to keep yourself motivated. A walking buddy can be a great start!
The Mayo Clinic recommends that people with diabetes eat a diet rich in fiber, healthy carbohydrates, fish, and quality fats from non-hydrogenated and processed sources. They suggest eating tuna, salmon, nuts, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains to keep your body healthy. Meals should be regular so that blood sugar levels are maintained, and excessive sodium, saturated fats, and trans fats should be avoided.
The Mayo Clinic cites the glycemic index as a standard recommended diet and suggests you speak with your doctors about creating a healthy eating plan you can stick with for maximum benefit.
Blood sugar levels are affected by stress, as the hormones released during stressful experiences make blood sugar unpredictable. The CDC found that “people with diabetes are 20% more likely than those without diabetes to have anxiety at some point in their life” and that stress management, including seeking therapy when needed, was helpful in glucose regulation.
Managing stress is an essential part of wellness, and this is especially true when dealing with systemic illnesses such as diabetes type 1 and 2.
Mahajan Primary Care Can Help
Mahajan now offers primary care services for the entire family. We understand how stressful diabetes management can be, and we’re experts at holistic care, as we recognize the connection of body and mind. Our teams are ready to provide you with exceptional care whenever you need it.