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22 sep

Healthy Lifestyle Controls Type 2 Diabetes

ECarrolltonIf you have Type 2 Diabetes, you have numerous options for controlling this disease. Many doctors prefer to put their patients on medications like Actos, but these medications can have serious side effects. For example, Actos has been associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer and congestive heart failure.

While your doctor may push medication on you for your diabetes health, there are several steps that you can take to help reduce or even remove your reliance on medication. If you can improve your health naturally, you may not have to worry about taking medications like Actos.

1. Get active. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight can improve your diabetes health dramatically. While 10 percent may seem like a lot, if you calculate it out, a 200-pound man would only need to lose 20 pounds. Simply adding a short walk after dinner at night, or getting out and being more active during the day, can help you on your journey toward weight loss and help you manage your diabetes.

2. Watch your glycemic index. If you’ve never been a label reader, now is the time to start. The glycemic index helps you rank foods by the amount of sugar they contain. Foods that are low on the glycemic index are the foods you need to be eating. While you can eat foods that contain more sugar, this intake needs to be monitored and kept to a minimum. Once you know your target glycemic index, you can begin planning out your meals to make sure you are keeping your diet within your limits.

At first it may take a little time to adjust to the change, but as with many habits, once you get into it, it will become much easier. In time, it will be second nature to choose the foods that are healthy for you and your diabetes health.

3. Integrate more raw foods into your diet. A diet rich in fatty, sugary foods is a recipe for disaster and can make your symptoms worse and make it harder to manage your blood sugar. Try incorporating more raw vegetables and fruits into your diet, and reduce your reliance on starches, fried food and sugary drinks. Once again, the transition can be tough, but give this diet a chance and you’ll start to see results.

4. Learn to manage cravings for sweets. We all have at least a small sweet tooth, but instead of letting this hurt your diabetes health and make your sugars hard to control, find new ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. Stay away from fake sweeteners, and learn to use small amounts of honey or even fruit when you get the craving for something sweet. If you find this difficult, you can still eat the sweets you like, just as long as you manage your portion sizes.

Being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t have to be a life-long sentence of being dependent on medications. With the right diet, plenty of exercise and the willingness to change your lifestyle, you can see amazing results!

Elizabeth Carrollton uses her background in journalism to write for Much of her work at Drugwatch includes editorials pertaining to diabetes management, along with developing alternative solutions to control the conditions. Elizabeth is dedicated to helping consumers that are affected by the dangerous side effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications and medical devices.

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Posted by Elizabeth Carrollton on September 22nd, 2012 in Diet and Fitness, Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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