Five Lifestyle Changes that Make a Big Difference

While there are many lifestyle habits that can aid in managing Type 2 diabetes, focusing on these five basics is a great place to start.

1. Eat a healthy diet

There is no set diet for people with diabetes, but there are some tips that may help you on the path to healthy food choices.

2. Get moving!

Physical activity can not only lower your blood glucose and help you lose weight, but can also lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk for heart disease and stroke. Exercise can give you more energy, lift your mood, and even help relieve stress. Find what you enjoy doing the most and go for it! Be sure to check with your doctor to see what kind is best for you (and any restrictions). Gradually increase your active minutes each day to reach a recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week. Start slowly and increase intensity gradually.

3. Maintain a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight not only lowers blood sugar, but also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol just as exercise does. If you are overweight, exercise along with eating a healthy diet are the keys to losing weight. It is important to have ongoing support when trying to stay at a healthy weight. If you are having trouble losing weight or staying at a healthy weight, talk with your doctor or a registered dietitian for more support.

4. Limit alcohol intake

For people with diabetes, there are risks associated with drinking alcohol. Alcohol can lower blood sugar which can cause hypoglycemia. It can also interact with some medications, including diabetes medications. If you drink alcohol, discuss with your healthcare team how and when it may be consumed to minimize these risks.

5. Set a quit date

If you are a smoker with diabetes, you are at a high risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Quitting smoking has major benefits to your health and is the number one preventable cause of death. If you smoke and would like to quit, talk to your Wegmans pharmacist or your doctor about different options we have to help.