When your face is glued to a screen, you’re in suspended animation. Television, laptops, e-readers, phones, tablets and desktop computers suck time and rob your body of its need to be active. Exercise lowers blood glucose and provides health benefits to the heart, lungs, muscles and mind. (Here are 10 science-backed reasons for diabetics to exercise.)
Avoiding all carbs
Extreme low-carb food plans aren’t the answer. (This is what happened when this woman when carb-free for a month.) With so much attention given to very low-carb diets (think less than 50 grams per day), people with diabetes could go too low. Your body needs carbohydrate for energy, which is why nutritional advice recommends getting a minimum of 150 grams. Remember that your heart, other organs, muscles, and lungs all run on blood sugar.
According to dietitian and certified diabetes educator Tamara Lutz, taking the wrong dosage of medications at the wrong time or skipping medications will wreak havoc on your blood glucose control. Both highs and lows occur with medication mistakes. Taking oral medications or insulin right after eating can result in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) because the medication starts working long after the food raises your blood glucose. On the flip side, taking the medications too long before a meal may lead to low blood sugar. Lutz warns, ‘Skipping your medications completely causes high blood sugar as the body lacks adequate medication to work on your meal.’ Follow your prescription instructions carefully..