How to Manage Your Blood Sugar When You Have Diabetes

For the nearly 50% of the population of the United States living with either diabetes or pre-diabetes, managing blood sugar levels forms an essential part of everyday routines. You might need to keep track of your numbers, or stick to a specific diet, to keep your blood sugar in a normal, non-harmful range.

At Morris Medical Center, Dareld R. Morris II, DO and his experienced and knowledgeable care team offer comprehensive support for patients living with diabetes and pre-diabetes from offices located in Fort Myers and LaBelle, Florida. Dr. Morris can diagnose your condition, and then works with you to put together your unique treatment plan.

With the right blood sugar management strategies, you can protect your health and wellness. And, if you have prediabetes, keeping your blood sugar under control can actually help you prevent the development of full-blown diabetes.

Healthier habits

For patients living with diabetes, weight loss isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. Losing weight through healthier diet and exercise habits is a key part of managing your blood sugar. If you can reduce your total body weight by just 7%, your risk of developing diabetes can go down by as much as 58%.

It’s important to watch your waistline in particular, as a measurement of more than 35 inches (88.9 cm) for women and more than 40 inches (101.6 cm) for men can be a problem related to increased insulin resistance and higher blood sugar levels.

When you exercise, your muscles use blood sugar for energy, effectively lowering your blood sugar levels. You can walk, run, bike, swim, lift weights, or even dance. Did you know that regular exercise can increase your insulin sensitivity, making it easier for your body to regulate your blood sugar levels?

Adjusting your diet

Your diet makes a big difference in your blood sugar levels. Watch out for carbs like bread or pasta, as carbs rapidly turn into sugars while digesting. Too many carbs is likely to make your blood sugar levels rise. A low-carb diet may be able to reduce your blood sugar levels, and keep your blood sugar from spiking irregularly.

Choose foods that are rich in fiber, including legumes and whole grains, to slow the sugar absorption process. Soluble fiber in particular, present in foods like fruits and vegetables, can help to steady your blood sugar levels.

Dr. Morris can work with you on a medically supervised weight loss plan, complete with a personalized diet, help with portion control, and an exercise plan you can stick to. When you develop healthier habits, your blood sugar stabilizes, and overall stays closer to a healthy range.

Keeping track of your levels

Tracking your blood sugar levels helps you learn your patterns, and the best ways to respond to your blood sugar going out of healthy range. Dr. Morris recommends that you check your blood sugar levels daily, and record your history each time.

For patients living with diabetes, managing stress levels is also important. Too much stress can negatively affect your blood sugar levels due to the production of stress-related hormones like cortisol.

Try techniques like meditation to manage your stress, and don’t be afraid to reach out for support when you need it. Getting enough sleep at night can help with both your stress levels and your blood sugar levels, as well.

For the expert guidance you need to manage your blood sugar levels and diabetes or pre-diabetes, get in touch with Dr. Morris at Morris Medical Center today. You can schedule your appointment online, or call now to book your session with Dr. Morris and his team.

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