Control Your Diabetes Through Diet and Exercise

You may not know that close to a third of the population, or 100 million people, have Type 2 diabetes. This is quite a concerning statistic when you consider diabetes is a chronic illness that prevents your body from processing blood sugar properly. And, when left untreated, diabetes can seriously damage your health and ultimately even lead to death.

Luckily, though, diabetes is an entirely preventable illness that’s usually brought on by lifestyle factors, the most common of which is carrying excess weight. At the offices of Liberty Medical Services in Richmond Hill, New York, your health is Dr. Philip R. Baldeo’s greatest priority, and that’s why we’ve created this helpful guide to how you can control your diabetes through some simple lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. 

The link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes

So how does obesity contribute to Type 2 diabetes? When fat cells accumulate in your body it leads your cells to develop a resistance to insulin. The risk arises as you gain more weight. When your weight gain becomes so significant that you’re obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, then your risk of developing diabetes is at it’s greatest.

In fact, weight loss is an important tool for preventing and managing diabetes. According to Johns Hopkins, losing only 5% of body weight can significantly improve your blood sugar levels. Weight loss can even help your body process insulin better and lower your dependence on diabetic medications.

The dangers of leaving diabetes untreated

Because diabetes is a chronic condition that can lead to other serious illnesses, it’s pretty dangerous to leave it untreated. Your best chance of treating diabetes is to catch it while it’s still in the prediabetic stage. 

If you leave diabetes untreated and don’t catch it in the early stages,  it can lead to a host of other conditions, including:

Because you want to avoid these problems, it’s a good idea to catch the condition early on. In doing so, our team at Liberty Medical Services can develop a comprehensive diet and exercise program along with treatment so that you can lose weight effectively and manage your diabetes.

Losing weight with diabetes 

Losing weight and managing your illness as a diabetic involves following a weight loss plan that includes both diet and exercise. The American Diabetes Association recommends both aerobic exercise and strength training for effectively managing your diabetes. 

Aerobic exercise is any type of exercise that raises your heart rate, such as walking, running, swimming, and dancing. Strength training, like weight lifting and resistance training — using machines at the gym — is also important in maintaining your health.

When looking at your diet, you’ll want to add more fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, and add more lean protein, like low-fat meats and beans. You’ll also want to be sure to cut down on highly process foods, added sugars, and saturated fats. For optimal health, drink plenty of water and avoid foods that are high in salt.

Start taking control of your diabetes sooner rather than later. At Liberty Medical Services, we’re well experienced in treating chronic illnesses like diabetes. So, call us or make an appointment right on our website today. 

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