Diet & Exercise
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One of the best ways to manage diabetes is with a solid diet and exercise plan. By eating right, you can help prevent the blood-sugar spikes and drops that can eventually lead to other complications, like high blood pressure, heart disease and loss of sight. And staying active will keep your energy levels up and help your body work as efficiently as possible.
A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Meatloaf, pot pie, even brownies aren’t off limits as long as you include them as part of a balanced diet. And doing that is easier than ever with our delicious diabetes-friendly recipes that make the most of whole grains, low-fat dairy and fresh veggies to turn comfort-food classics into healthy food options.
Jennifer Iserloh, the Skinny Chef, has teamed up with Health Monitor to bring you diabetes-friendly recipes—without sacrificing taste! The author of Secrets of the Skinny Chef, Jennifer is an expert at creating healthy recipes that are also sinfully delicious.
Do you already have type 2 diabetes and are unable to exercise vigorously? Take note that new guidelines issued jointly by the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise per week spread out at least 3 days during the week, with no more than 2 consecutive days between bouts of aerobic activity.
Exercise can cause your blood sugar to fall, which is why it’s important if you have type 2 diabetes to check your blood sugar levels before and after workouts, say medical experts.
“If it is too low (below 70), then drink 8 oz. of a sports drink with carbohydrates,” says John Martinez, MD, a San Diego-based sports medicine doctor. “If your blood sugar is hard to regulate, make sure you eat about 90 minutes before the workout, but no closer as you may have an insulin spike during exercise.” Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.