When it comes to diabetes management, blood sugar control is often the central theme. After all, keeping your blood sugar level within your target range can help you live a long and healthy life. But do you know what makes your blood sugar level rise and fall? The list is sometimes surprising.
Ayurveda treats the “whole person” and enables better successful management of diabetes by taking care about their psycho-social aspects faced by persons with diabetes too.
Diabetes lifestyle management is about learning about the things you need to know that can enable you to understand your situation properly, putting the changes into action, and staying motivated to make it part of your daily routine. Here are a few tips that can help you in diabetes lifestyle management.
- Keep schedule. Your blood sugar level is highest an hour or two after you eat, and then begins to fall. But this predictable pattern can work to your advantage.
- Make your meal well-balanced. As much as possible, plan for every meal to have the right mix of starches, fruits and vegetables, proteins, and fats. Avoid sugar in any form-rice, potato, bananas, cereals & fruits contain high percentage of sugar content. Do away with fatty stuff. Go for the following low-calorie, low-fat alkaline diet of high quality natural foods
- Eat the right amount of foods. Learn what portion size is appropriate for each type of food. Use measuring cups or a scale to ensure proper portion size.
- Coordinate with your meals and medication. Too little food in comparison to your diabetes medications — especially insulin — may result in dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Talk to your diabetes health care team about how to best coordinate meal and medication schedules.
- Physical activity is another important part of your diabetes management plan. When you exercise, your muscles use sugar (glucose) for energy. Regular physical activity also improves your body’s response to insulin. These factors work together to lower your blood sugar level. The more strenuous your workout, the longer the effect lasts. But even light activities such as housework, gardening or being on your feet for extended periods — can lower your blood sugar level. Your muscles will start becoming more insulin sensitive than before, and your glucose uptake increases, making it easier for your body to maintain blood sugar levels.
- Talk to your doctor about the best time of day for you to exercise so that your workout routine is coordinated with your meal and medication schedules.
- Yoga – Daily yoga routine of breathing exercises, meditation and poses enhance digestion and help the pancreas and liver function more normally, regulating blood sugar levels. Cobra (Bhujang Asana) Locust (Shalabh Asana) Bow (Dhanur Asana) are few asanas that help diabetics.
Quit Smoking – if you smoke your body also is unable to respond to insulin. Smoking while having diabetes also increases your risk of getting complications such as eye, kidney and nerve problems.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption – Many alcoholic drinks contain sugar. Excessive alcohol can decrease your blood sugar to dangerous levels.
Occupation : Certain occupations like being a pilot, armed forces, deep sea diving and working on a ship are not advisable for persons with diabetes.