5 tips to get back on track for people with diabetes
(NC) The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to mental health, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour for people worldwide. So it’s no surprise that Canadians living with type 2 diabetes have also found it challenging to maintain healthy eating habits and exercise routines during the pandemic. As a result, some have struggled with their diabetes management, with four in 10 reporting blood glucose levels more frequently out of their target range.
The great news is that healthy living is a lifelong process so it’s never too late to get back on track.
Here are five tips for people with type 2 diabetes:
- Start small by setting goals that are realistic and attainable. For example, get outside daily for a brisk 15-minute walk to get your heart rate up and help ward off seasonal blues.
- Adjust your mindset. Rather than ‘restricting’ your diet, think about how you can add healthy to your meals.
- Find a friend to stay motivated. It’s easier to stick to healthy lifestyle changes when you have someone doing it with you.
- Make a plan and stick to it. Schedule your physical activity and plan some healthy meals for the week in advance.
- Stay in touch with your healthcare team. For Canadians living with type 2 diabetes, death from heart disease at an earlier age is a serious risk. Speak with your doctor about type 2 diabetes treatments that may also help protect your heart.
Find more resources at myheartmatters.ca.
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