Healthy habits and routines with diabetes are essential for a good quality of life. Do you want to know why?
Building habits in daily life is essential to establish beneficial patterns for us and our health. Things like getting used to sleeping early, getting up early and making the most of the day, eating healthy or exercising have a great impact on our health. Having healthy routines in the case of people with diabetes becomes even more important. This is due to the fact that blood glucose levels are very sensitive to changes, so following certain routines can be very helpful for diabetes. In this article we will leave you with 4 healthy habits with diabetes that are essential to keep blood glucose under control.
Meals and mealtimes: essential to healthy routines with diabetes
Just as it is important for a person with diabetes to control what they eat, it should also be important to control when they eat. Planning and following meal times, while eating a balanced and healthy diet, can help keep blood glucose levels in line.
The ideal scenario would be to eat 5 times a day: three being main meals, i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the other two being midday and afternoon snack. By eating 5 times, the metabolism gets activated, which helps to burn calories and prevents us from arriving at the time of the main meals feeling very hungry. In this way we do not eat over our possibilities and at a stroke and we avoid blood glucose peaks.
The great forgotten sleep routine
Sleep is that factor that we all alter without much thinking: either because we do not have a schedule to go to bed, because we fall asleep watching series or because we regularly stay up late.
Having good sleep habits such as avoiding checking the phone once we are in bed, sleeping in darkness or going to bed at the same time whenever possible will promote our rest and the production of melatonin, which is the sleep hormone.
Exercise without fear
Exercising may seem scary if you have diabetes because, when we exercise, our body obtains energy from blood glucose, which causes the levels to drop and we may experience hypoglycemia.
However, exercising is one of the most recommended healthy routines for people with diabetes because, apart from reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, it helps to regulate the body’s own insulin and the sensitivity to external insulin. If this is not enough for you, in some articles in the blog you can find out more about the benefits of exercising for people with diabetes.
Measure your glucose regularly: among the most important healthy habits with diabetes
Having a good quality of life with diabetes goes along with regular measurement. Thanks to this, the person with diabetes can know how he or she is doing at all times and can avoid hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia and other more serious health problems related to it.
In addition, analyzing your progress with the readings will help you to understand how your levels will react to changes such as stress, heat or exercise and, although it is not a certain thing, this will allow you to forget a little about your blood glucose levels and enjoy yourself to the fullest.
If you are one of those people who find it hard to create habits and have not yet managed to have a routine that suits you, do not worry, virtual assistants like Cori will be of great help in this task.
With the recently implemented notifications, Cori will remind you when you should measure yourself as well as remind you of your meal times and provide you with reports so that you can get to know your body better. Thanks to this, you will be able to have a personal diabetes diary that will record every time you measure yourself and it will make your diabetes easy and simple.
People with diabetes are especially vulnerable to the dangers of colds and the flu, but there are things you can do to control your symptoms and avoid getting sick in the first place. You may maintain your health even when you’re feeling under the weather by constantly monitoring your blood sugar levels, staying hydrated, getting enough of rest, and adhering to your diabetes management plan. Additionally, you may lower your risk of getting sick and safeguard yourself from any problems by maintaining proper cleanliness, being vaccinated, and generally maintaining good health. Make sure to discuss any worries you may have with your healthcare team for advice and support if you have diabetes and are worried about managing colds and the flu.