From Elizabeth Woolley, former About.com Guide
Diet and Nutrition
Nutrition is very important in managing diabetes. Not only what you eat, but how much you eat and when you eat can influence your blood sugar. Being overweight or obese can also make managing diabetes more difficult. Losing weight, even 5-7% of your total body weight, can greatly improve your glucose control, and your overall health.
- The Best Diet for Diabetes
- Lose Weight and Save Money... Cook at Home
- How to Fit a Healthy Breakfast into Your Busy Day
- What to Eat for Breakfast When You Have Diabetes
- Counting Carbs? Know the Carbs in Your Fruit
- I Have Diabetes... What Can I Eat?
- Over 100 Ways to Snack Healthy
- Healthy Fast Food Choices
- Don't Let Work Sabotage Your Diet Plans
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Monitoring blood glucose levels is an extremely important part of diabetes management. Keeping track of your numbers tells you how much insulin or medication you need, and it also tells you if you are eating the right number of carbohydrates. But most importantly, blood glucose monitoring lets you know if your levels are too high or too low. It's the best way to gauge how well your blood glucose is being controlled. The better the control, the less risk of complications.
- What Should My Diabetes Goals Be?
- 5 Good Reasons to Check Your Blood Sugar
- Waking up with High Glucose Levels?
Exercise is an important way to manage diabetes. Not only can physical activity help you achieve beneficial weight loss, but it can lower your blood sugar and help your cells accept insulin more efficiently.
- Exercise... Easy as a Walk in the Park
- Design Your Own Fast Workout
- Exercising with Diabetes
- When Exercise Hurts
- Exercise - The Power Tool for Diabetes
- Why Exercise Helps People with Diabetes
- Exercising with Limited Mobility
- What to Know About Cold Weather Exercise
When you have diabetes, excess weight can make your condition more difficult to control. Fat cells are more resistant to insulin than lean muscle cells, so having too much body fat makes it that much harder to use the insulin that your body makes. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to managing your diabetes.
- Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
- Diet and Exercise Lowers Risk of Type 2 in Pre-diabetes
- Obesity in Children and Type 2 Diabetes
- Why are Portions Getting Bigger?
Living with Diabetes
Having diabetes is like being in charge of a many-armed octopus. There isn't just one way of coping with the disease because it needs to be managed on a lot of different levels. At first, it might seem like an overwhelming amount of information is thrown at you. But it is possible to not only live with diabetes, but live well.
- Tell Others How You Manage Your Diabetes
- How to Cope with a Diabetes Diagnosis
- Life with Diabetes - How do Others Cope?
- Jim's Journey - Real Life Stories of Type 2 Diabetes
- Using a Checklist to Manage Diabetes