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4 Useful Tips for Living a Normal Life with Diabetes

4 Useful Tips for Living a Normal Life with Diabetes

Recent reports from the Center for Disease Control estimate that about 10% of the U.S. population suffers from diabetes. That virtually guarantees that everyone has at least one close friend or family member that is affected.

One of the hardest things about having diabetes is having to make dramatic changes to your lifestyle. Many people do not realize the many significant changes that being a diabetic can force someone to make in their life.

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Fortunately, as more and more research comes out about diabetes then more and more solutions also come out to help those suffering from diabetes to live normal lives. Here are five useful tips for those struggling to live the same life they lived before being diagnosed with diabetes.

Change your footwear

You may have noticed that as your diabetes got worse, your feet also started to lose their feeling. You may even have had a few injuries that you didn’t even notice because you couldn’t feel them. Other diabetics notice that they suddenly get cankles and the simple act of walking hurts.

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In recent years it has become a popular trend to actually build socks specifically for people with diabetes. These socks tend to be better cushioned and put less restriction on the blood flow to the feet. You can read up on why changing socks can help and how to find the right diabetic socks here.

Eat fiber

Eating more fiber may be one of simplest and most unknown ways to help control your blood sugar. Most experts recommend somewhere between 25 and 35 grams of fiber each day,[1] but unfortunately most people rarely come close to that. If you have ever eaten a box of Cheerios then you have likely seen the many claims they make about the benefits of fiber. Many of these are quite true. Fiber has the potential to work miracles on the body and has been associated with weight loss.

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Shower less

Yes, this is one of the only situations where one might be advised to shower less. One of the most common and unfortunate effects of diabetes is itchy skin. As a diabetic, you have high blood sugar, which means your body fluid levels are almost always lower than they should be. This means that your skin will tend to feel dry and itchy. If that is the case, it is relatively easy to relieve the symptoms by purchasing the right kind of moisturizer as well as cutting down on the showers.

Another symptom is that you will sweat less, meaning you probably will not need to be showering as much as you used to. So try cutting the showers to once every other day instead of every day.

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Stock up on treats you can eat

Most diabetics report that the hardest part about finding out that they had diabetes was having to make significant dietary changes in order to keep their blood sugar stable. Many diabetics became diabetic because of their love for sweets, and they are suddenly expected to turn away from these sweets forever. It can be depressing and incredibly hard to do.

Fortunately, many stores now have entire sections of treats that are made specifically for people with diabetes. These treats use alternative sugars and fruits to sweeten foods without overly affecting blood sugar. While they do tend to be a little more expensive, if you keep some of these on hand for when that sweet tooth kicks in, they can do a lot to help keep your chin up. Here are a few good snack options if this appeals to you.

Diabetes is tough; there is no doubt about it. However, life will continue to get easier as we better understand diabetes and as technology comes out to alleviate many of the worst symptoms.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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