6 Bad Habits to Nix If You Have Diabetes
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By Beth Ward
Managing a chronic condition like type 2 diabetes requires your full attention. You need to stay on top of what you eat, how much you exercise, even how much you sleep. And with all those “musts” it can be easy to slip up. Falling into bad health habits can lead to dangerous complications, such as kidney and nerve damage, vision problems, heart health issues and more. That's why it’s crucial to be vigilant and not let a slip-up turn into a routine.
2 / 7 Sipping on Sugary Drinks
Unless you’re dealing with low blood sugar, reaching for a sugary drink is a surefire way to wreak havoc on your glucose levels.
3 / 7 Depending Too Much on Insulin
Having insulin available doesn’t mean you get to eat an entire pint of ice cream or take two helpings from the bread bowl. Even a pattern of small blood sugar increases ups the likelihood of dangerous diabetic complications.
4 / 7 Carb-Loading
Carb-loading is common among athletes and fitness buffs: Eating foods such as pasta and bread gives them extra energy to compete or finish long workouts. And while exercise is a great way to manage your condition, carb-loading before a workout isn’t the best idea if you have type 2 diabetes.
5 / 7 Skipping Meals
From work meetings and running errands, to dropping the kids off at practice, it can be easy to opt out of breakfast or forego a midday snack. But if you have diabetes, this can make it harder to stay healthy.
6 / 7 Late-Night Snacking
Heading to the fridge after dinner isn’t always a bad idea for people with diabetes (it can help prevent hypoglycemia while you’re sleeping), but you do have to make smart choices. Unhealthy snacking can lead to weight gain, and eating too late at night can lead to a high blood sugar reading the next morning.
7 / 7 Losing Your Cool
Poor stress management is dangerous for anyone’s health, but it can be especially damaging to people with diabetes.