What should be the steps to wellness for diabetics?

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Tonya Bolden
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

There is no one-size-fits-all program for diabetics or for nondiabetics seeking to be as healthy as they can be. But there are some basics that everyone should heed. Among them are:

-Get and maintain a positive attitude.

-Do not smoke.

-Reduce your consumption of refined sugar.

-Cut loose heavy drinking - or you may need to abstain from alcohol.

-Do not eat supersize meals.

-If you eat meat, eat lean meat and less meat.

-Eat more fruits and veggies.

-Drink lots of water.

-Reduce your stress level.

-Laugh, laugh, and laugh!

-Get off your butt and move! I don’t care if it’s swimming, walking, or mopping. Just get up and move. Trust me, your hair can handle it!
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