Happy New Year! As the new year approaches, it’s a great time to think about setting some goals and resolutions to help manage your diabetes and improve your overall health. Here are ten New Year’s resolutions for people with diabetes.
1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet
This means incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your meals. Avoid sugary and processed foods as much as possible.
2. Exercise regularly
Exercise can help you control your blood sugar levels and improve your overall health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity, like brisk walking or cycling, on most days of the week.
3. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly
Whether you use a blood glucose meter or a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), keeping track of your blood sugar levels can help you make better decisions about your diet, exercise, and medication.
4. Take your medication as prescribed
It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and take your medication as prescribed. If you’re having trouble remembering to take your medication, try setting reminders or enlisting the help of a family member or friend.
5. Seek support
Having diabetes can be overwhelming at times, so it’s important to seek support from friends, family, and healthcare professionals. Consider joining a support group or working with a diabetes educator or counselor.
6. Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep can affect your blood sugar levels, so it’s important to get enough rest. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
7. Manage stress
Stress can affect your blood sugar levels, so it’s important to find ways to manage stress, such as through relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
8. Quit smoking
Smoking can increase your risk of complications from diabetes, so if you smoke, now is a great time to quit. There are many resources available to help you quit, such as nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.
9. Protect your feet
Diabetes can cause nerve damage and decreased blood flow to your feet, so it’s important to take care of your feet. Keep them clean and moisturized, wear comfortable shoes, and check your feet regularly for any cuts, sores, or other problems.
10. Learn about your diabetes
The more you understand about your diabetes, the better equipped you’ll be to manage it. Consider taking a diabetes education class or talking to your healthcare team about any questions or concerns you may have.
By setting and working towards these goals and New Year’s Resolutions for People with Diabetes you can improve. Wishing you all the best in your health journey!