Diabetes is often called the “silent killer” as many people are not aware that they suffer from diabetes. According to a study in 2016, India had 69.2 million people living with diabetes. Diabetes is often genetic, but whether diabetes runs in your family or not, you should get your blood sugar checked regularly. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Why is it important to check your blood sugar?
If diabetes is diagnosed early, an individual can try simple life changes to bring it under control. This way, you can avoid medication for a long time.
Ways to control diabetes without medication
Avoid smoking and drinking
• Smoking raises your blood sugar levels.
• Diabetics who smoke are at a higher risk for heart disease
• Passive smoking can also raise blood sugar levels
• Alcohol is high in sugar content and drinking on a regular basis is sure to increase your blood sugar level.
(If you are a regular smoker or drinker, there are several support programs to help you kick the habit and get your diabetes under control)
Obesity is linked to diabetes. People who are heavy have more chance of getting diabetes. Keeping your weight under control can help you manage your diabetes. Let’s take a look at the two factors that will help with your weight loss – exercise and diet.
An active lifestyle is recommended for diabetics whether they’re overweight or not. Physical activity helps reduce blood sugar levels. Exercise will also help manage your weight. Even a good long walk, daily, is enough to help lose weight and bring your blood sugar under control.
As a diabetic, it is important to watch what you eat. A good diet for diabetics should be rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories. It should have a good balance of fruits, vegetables and grains. A good dietician should be able to help you with a proper meal plan.
Stress is shown to raise blood sugar levels. So it is important for a diabetic to avoid stressful situations and be calm. Meditation and yoga will help.