Lifestyle Changes to Better Manage Type 2 Diabetes
When people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, they may worry that they’re going to be sick and have a lot of health problems. “But you can have diabetes and still be healthy,” says Arcy Segura, CDE, health education manager at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. While diabetes is a chronic illness, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to better manage the condition and prevent — or delay — complications.
“Dietary therapy and physical activity are the cornerstones of diabetes management,” says Jeffrey Powell, MD, FACE, chief of the division of endocrinology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York. Changing lifestyle habits can be difficult, but doing things like eating a balanced diet, exercising, checking your blood sugar, and getting enough sleep can really make a difference in how long and how well you live with diabetes. Try these 11 tips from Segura and Dr. Powell for a healthier future with type 2 diabetes.