Oh, you KNOW I love food. If you’re like me, the most challenging part of a diabetes management plan is figuring out what to eat and sticking to a food plan. Staying active can be tricky, too, with work, family, and everything else that keeps you busy. But when you’re getting real about living healthy with type 2 diabetes and reducing that cardiovascular risk, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?
When I decided to get real about my diabetes, my doctor showed me how much my current diet was going to hurt me in the long run. So when I decided to clean up my diet, I wasn’t messing around. Changing how you eat is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight.
Your doctor and care team can give you good advice about nutrition and how to be as healthy as you can. Talk to them before making any major changes to your diet. They’ll steer you in the right direction to make sure that you’re making choices that are right for you.
Physical activity is important to your health and blood sugar control, and may help reduce cardiovascular risk.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends moderate physical activity for 150 minutes a week, which could be as simple as 30 minutes a day for five days a week. Check in with your care team first. They can help come up with the right activity plan for you.
Keep sessions short. Start with 10 minutes at a time
Moving forward, try adding a few minutes to your activity plan
Don’t go crazy. If your body tells you to slow down or take a break, do it
It’s time for some good habits for managing your diabetes. Take this fun quiz, and I’ll tell you the activity you were born to do!
Recognizing the link between cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is the first step towards lowering your risk.
Here's how Anthony got real about eating healthy, being active, and listening to his doctor.
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