Eating a balanced diet is important, too. That means decreasing simple sugars and increasing fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grain intake. In addition, make sure you have some nuts or healthy fat about eight minutes before eating. Seventy calories of healthy fat (six walnuts, twelve almonds, twenty peanuts, or half a tablespoon of olive oil) is all you need to slow the emptying of your stomach so your blood sugar doesn't go sky high after fruit. Making these lifestyle changes can cause diabetics to reverse the aging effects of the disease altogether, suffering no more aging than their disease-free peers. Think of it this way: The diabetic's body can no longer create the conditions it needs for healthy existence all on its own. However, it is possible for the diabetic to make choices that create an environment inside the body that keeps him or her in an equally healthy state.
Shawnee D. Weir, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursRaleigh Endocrine Associates
2709 Blue Ridge
Raleigh, NC 27607
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- BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
- Coventry Health Care
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
- Duke Raleigh Hospital
- WakeMed Raleigh Campus
How can I help prevent early aging from diabetes?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredDiabetic patients who take charge of their condition -- vigilantly keeping their blood pressure low, doing all three forms of physical activity (stretching, strength-building exercise, and stamina-building exercise), flossing their teeth, and keeping their blood sugar levels within normal ranges (by working with their physicians) to find a regimen of pills and diet -- experience very little premature aging. Even patients who do only some of these things -- for example, losing excess weight, walking just thirty minutes a day, and lifting weights ten minutes every other day -- also benefit.
Eating a balanced diet is important, too. That means decreasing simple sugars and increasing fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grain intake. In addition, make sure you have some nuts or healthy fat about eight minutes before eating. Seventy calories of healthy fat (six walnuts, twelve almonds, twenty peanuts, or half a tablespoon of olive oil) is all you need to slow the emptying of your stomach so your blood sugar doesn't go sky high after fruit. Making these lifestyle changes can cause diabetics to reverse the aging effects of the disease altogether, suffering no more aging than their disease-free peers. Think of it this way: The diabetic's body can no longer create the conditions it needs for healthy existence all on its own. However, it is possible for the diabetic to make choices that create an environment inside the body that keeps him or her in an equally healthy state.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Why is it important for someone with diabetes to exercise?
The benefits of regular exercise are undeniable. Physical activity improves overall health, helps protect against heart disease, and fights depression. It can increase your energy level and help you lose or maintain weight.
You’ll hear the terms “physical activity” and “exercise” throughout this chapter. You may wonder about the difference between these two expressions.
“Physical activity” refers to any activity that gets you moving and helps you burn energy. It could include the time you spend walking from your car to the office, climbing a flight of stairs, or raking leaves in the yard. “Exercise” generally refers to a specific, planned physical activity such as swimming, biking, or running. Both physical activity and exercise are wonderful ways to get in shape and stay healthy.
Aerobic exercise—the kind that makes you breathe harder—gives your heart and lungs a good workout. It makes your heart pump harder and gets the blood flowing through even your smallest blood vessels. This is important for anyone, especially for people with diabetes, who are at greater risk for heart disease. Physical activity can decrease bad cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol.
Physical activity also clears glucose from your blood, which is a real benefit for people with diabetes. It seems to make muscles and other tissues more sensitive to insulin, so less insulin is needed to move glucose out of the blood and into muscle cells. People with diabetes who use insulin may need to use less insulin or eat more on the days they work out. People with type 2 diabetes who exercise regularly may be able to manage their blood glucose without insulin or diabetes pills or they may just take less medication.
Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise
- It improves blood flow, muscle tone, and flexibility
- It can help prevent heart disease and other health problems
- Decreases bad cholesterol and increases good HDL cholesterol
- Improves mild to moderate high blood pressure
- It can help you look and feel better
- Physical activity can help you handle stress
- It can help improve your quality of sleep
Why should I brush and floss my teeth if I have diabetes?
American Dental Association answeredBrushing twice daily for two minutes each with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily is important for everyone, but especially for people with diabetes. Those with diabetes are at greater risk for developing some oral health problems, including gum disease, fungal infections and delayed healing. Gum disease is caused by plaque. Leaving this sticky build up on your teeth can cause oral health problems. Brushing and flossing will help in preventing this.
Can a diabetes patient eat fruit?
Absolutely, as long as it is counted as part of the diabetic patient's total carbohydrate intake. One serving of fruit provides 15 g carbohydrate. Higher fiber fruit (raspberries, boysenberries, elderberries, pear, blueberries, apple) are better choices as they will convert to sugar slower. It is also important to keep portion control in mind while enjoying fruits. Whole fruit is recommended over fruit juice.
How can I help my child relax when I give him insulin shots?
When giving insulin shots to your child:
- Give your child bubbles to blow before and during the shot to help him breathe deeply.
- Sing a favorite song or tell a silly joke.
- Play pretend doctor. Let your child give a pretend shot to his stuffed animal -- or to you -- first.
- Talk about the best thing that happened that day.
- Don't stall -- getting it over means getting on with some fun!
- Kiss the site before and after -- then give each other a big hug.
- Praise your child for being so brave.
What are symptoms of hormonal imbalance?
Natasha Turner, ND, Alternative/complementary Medicine, answered
A hormonal imbalance can have a big impact on your ability to lose weight. In this video, naturopathic doctor Dr. Natasha Turner describes the clues that your hormones may be out of whack.
How can I support a family member who has diabetes?
Caring about someone who has diabetes offers special challenges.
Here’s how you can help:
- Get an education in diabetes care.
- Be supportive, but don’t take on the role of caretaker.
- Learn to listen without offering advice or criticism.
- Be flexible and open to new ways of eating and spending free time.
- Plan for emergencies.
Can eating lentils reduce the risk of diabetes?
Lentils and other foods high in soluble fiber have a low glycemic load; the fiber in them delays digestion. That in turn triggers a slow, steady release of sugar and insulin into the bloodstream. And that's way better for your body -- and your diabetes risk profile -- than the sudden spikes you get from eating quickly digested, low-fiber foods like white pasta, white bread, and sugary cookies.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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