3 Ways to Manage Type 2 Diabetes
You don’t need to wait until New Years to make a commitment to manage Type 2 diabetes and enjoy better health. If you’re one of the million Americans who has Type 2 diabetes, you can start managing this serious disease by making healthy lifestyle changes today.
At Bon Secours Surgical and Medical Weight Loss, we help patients all year long manage their diabetes through successful weight loss.
More than 30 million people nationwide have diabetes. Many people develop long-term complications gradually when they’re blood sugar levels are not properly controlled. Complications can include:
- · heart disease
- · stroke
- · kidney damage
- · nerve damage
- · blindness
- · foot infections that require amputations
Here are three strategies to help you manage Type 2 diabetes:
1. Learn how to choose healthy foods.
Work with a Registered Dietitian to learn how to make wise choices when it comes to meals. Healthy eating looks different for each person. A Registered Dietitian can help you understand things like how many carbohydrates you can eat at each meal or how to avoid liquid calories that have no nutritional value.
2. Lose excess weight.
Many people find they can successfully lose weight – and keep it off – when they work with weight-loss specialists. At Bon Secours, we tailor a weight-loss program to your individual health needs. For some people, focusing on diet and fitness might be all it takes. Others might benefit more from a very-low calorie diet or bariatric surgery.
3. Stay physically active.
Exercise is good for everyone. It’s especially helpful if you have diabetes because it makes your body more sensitive to insulin. Physical activity also helps control blood sugar levels and lowers your risk for heart disease and nerve damage. Talk to your health provider for advice on starting an exercise routine. Walking is one of the best ways to start working out because you can go at your own pace and on your own time.
Manage Type 2 Diabetes Everyday
At Bon Secours Surgical and Medical Weight Loss, patients work with a team of weight-loss specialists that includes Registered Dietitians. Our experienced Registered Dietitians help patients understand portion control, healthy eating habits and the power of meal planning.