Most people believe, “you get what you pay for.” During these difficult economic times, it brings a sigh of relief to know that some quality things are still free. The best diabetes medicines don’t cost one dime!
Diabetes simply means that there is too much sugar in the blood. If the blood sugar is too high, you may experience increased urination, increased thirst, unexplained weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections, fatigue, or irritability. The body is either not producing enough insulin or the cells are not responding to the insulin that is being produced. In type 2 diabetes, it is the latter.
Would you like to reduce your prescription drug cost while controlling your blood sugar? There are therapies guaranteed to be effective in diabetes management that do not require a trip to the pharmacy.
Work it out! Movement is the medication of choice to lower blood sugar. Being active improves the body’s use of insulin and sheds excess fat. Both of which help to achieve a fasting blood sugar of less than 100 mg/dl and a hemoglobinA1c of 6.5 which are indicators that the blood sugar is controlled. Commit to thirty minutes of activity at least five days a week. Also, adding thirty minutes of strength training twice weekly does the body good!
A regular exercise plan along with a balance diet is the ingredients to maintain an ideal body weight which is necessary for optimal blood sugar control. Food choice is the most important medicine in the arsenal to fight against diabetes. Follow the guidelines prescribed by MyPlate, eat plenty of vegetables, fruit (fruit contains sugar so be careful not to overindulge), lean protein, “whole” grains and dairy. In the case of diabetes, you really are what you eat!
Relax and breathe. Do not stress out. Stress increases the production of cortisol which causes an increase in the blood sugar. Diabetics do not have enough insulin available to combat this rise in glucose. Be aware of your stressors and identify outlets to relieve them. Personal daily retreats, yoga, meditation, journaling, and knowing when to say “no” are just a few tools to reduce stress.
Speak with your doctor about lifestyle modifications that can help lower your blood sugar. Until the two of you decide to make changes, continue your medications as prescribed.
Exercise, eat and exhale your way to good blood sugar control. Who said the best medicines aren’t free?