Control Your Diabetes with these Tips

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Many seniors live with a health condition called diabetes. The underlying cause of diabetes varies by type, but no matter what type you have, it causes the body to have higher than normal blood sugar levels. Use the suggestions below to help ease the struggle of living with diabetes.

Quit smoking. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels. Diabetes patients already have a problem with circulation to the extremities, which can lead to vision problems and the need for amputations.

Get plenty of sleep. Studies have shown that people suffering from sleep deprivation eat much more food, which will make it difficult to keep your diabetes under control. A good night’s rest will also help your body to keep your blood sugar levels in check.

Check your blood sugar often. This is very important if you are dealing with diabetes because blood sugar can sometimes spike or get very low without you feeling any symptoms.

Watch what you eat. Your diet makes a huge difference in how your diabetes is managed. Cut out sugary drinks like soda and anything with refined carbs, like junk foods and candy. Try adding more green leafy vegetables to your diet.

Yoga and other meditation practices may have a positive effect. Studies show that heightened stress levels can cause imbalances in blood sugar levels which can lead to diabetes. Studies also show that meditation and yoga have a positive effect on stress levels, meaning better control of your insulin and blood sugar numbers.

Educate yourself about your condition. Start with learning as much as you can about the basics, then proceed to more advanced diabetes topics. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to manage diabetes.

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