American Diabetes Month: Avoiding Diabetes Management Mistakes

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American Diabetes Month is a chance for all of us to raise awareness about a serious health condition that affects more than 34 million people in the United States. More than likely, you or someone you know is living with diabetes and could use a little bit of help. This November, find out how to avoid common mistakes in diabetes management (and then pass on what you learned to a friend).

Common Mistakes Diabetics Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Not Testing Blood Sugar Levels Enough

Diabetes is a unique condition, which requires a personalized treatment plan. To safeguard your health, make sure to test your blood sugar levels frequently, especially when introducing new foods or activities into your lifestyle.

During American Diabetes Month, start a log of your eating and exercise habits and how they correspond to changes in your blood sugar levels. Then, you will be able to spot highs and lows and identify what might be causing fluctuations.

Leading a Sedentary Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a wide variety of health issues, including high blood sugar levels and weight gain. An active lifestyle regulates blood sugar levels naturally and improves overall health and well-being.

Adopt more-active habits and stick with them. Simple things like walking for exercise or swimming are perfect for getting your heart and blood pumping.

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Not Eating Right

What you eat matters, too, when you have diabetes. Healthy eating helps control blood sugar levels.

However, some diabetics make the mistake of cutting “good fats” out of their diet when they focus on “bad fats.”

When making a daily diet, diabetics will benefit from including “good fats” like these:

  • Pure oils, such as coconut and olive oil
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Fatty fish, like salmon

In addition to consuming healthy fats, consider minimizing carbohydrate consumption. Carbohydrates often contain high amounts of sugar, which may lead to blood sugar spikes and weight gain.

Waiting Too Long to Eat Between Meals

Those who are living with diabetes should minimize gaps between meals. Not eating frequently enough means that when it’s time to eat again, you overeat, which may cause blood sugar fluctuations and other issues.

It’s best to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. Healthy snacks during the day will keep hunger at bay and keep you feeling energized.

High Levels of Stress

Uncontrolled stress can take a serious toll on physical and mental well-being, leading to a variety of health issues, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Poor cardiovascular health
  • High blood pressure
  • Hormonal imbalances

Stress has been linked to an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Chronic stress is particularly dangerous because it can negatively impact the heart and heighten blood sugar levels.

Unhealthy Sleep Habits

Sleeping well is also recommended for better diabetes management. While you sleep, your body performs important functions, including hormonal balancing. Because insulin is a hormone, it’s critical to get the recommended amount of sleep for your age.

A healthy sleep cycle will also boost your immune system, minimize stress levels, and allow your body to relax.

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Make Your Health a Priority during American Diabetes Month

This November, decide to put your health first. During American Diabetes Month and all year round, Advantage Care Health Center’s team of health professionals provides services to children and adults, including medical, dental, and mental/behavioral health services.

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