Managing Your Diabetes
Diabetes is not a curable condition, However there are many ways of managing your diabetes, specifically through diet and exercise. It is important to understand that the food we eat can be categorized into 3 categories; fat, protein and carbohydrates. Each of these categories have different effects on blood sugar levels, the appropriate diet can help you manage your condition better. Exercise and physical activity are also cornerstones in managing your diabetes. An amazing thing happens when you start to exercise. These awesome channels called Glute-4 Receptors become active when exercising.
So what does that mean?
These Glute-4 Receptors act as gatekeepers in your cells, meaning they allow blood sugar to be taken up by the cells and used for energy. Pretty cool huh? That is why you might hear people say that you should go for a walk after your meal. The reason being is that physical activity will help lower blood sugar levels and reduce the amount of sugar in your blood stream. This is a job for a hormone called Insulin which is unanimous with diabetes. In most cases the insulin manufacturing organ called the pancreas either doesn’t produce insulin anymore, or it doesn’t produce enough insulin to keep up with the elevated blood sugar levels. The role of insulin is to tell our cells to take up the glucose or blood sugar from our blood stream. If insulin isn’t doing it’s job the result is elevated blood glucose, which if left untreated can lead to a slew of other health complications.
So what is the best way to manage your diabetes?
First and foremost you should try and educate yourself on what diabetes is and the type of diabetes you are living with. From there you want to properly manage your blood sugar levels, meaning you are checking your blood sugar frequently throughout the day. Diet and exercise are your keys to success that will help you control your diabetes. However changing your diet to incorporate more low glycemic foods (see below) like avocados and nuts and less higher glycemic foods like white rice and breads will change your blood sugar levels. As a result you might want to talk to your endocrinologist or doctor to adjust your insulin levels if you are on insulin. Exercise will also help to lower blood sugar levels with that awesome Glute-4 Receptor.
At the end of the day you are in control of your health. Understanding your diabetes and making the sound choices will help you manage your diabetes and reduce complications. You should always consult with your doctor or endocrinologist before making changes to your diet and before you initiate a structured exercise program. We here at Trainsmart Wellness are here to help provide you with the information needed to become a healthier you. Our doors are always open.