Living with diabetes takes a 24/7 commitment.
In order to keep your diabetes under control, you must follow your diabetes treatment plan. Careful management of diabetes can reduce your risk of serious — even life-threatening — complications.
Choose healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight.
If you’re overweight, losing just 7% of your body weight can make a significant difference in your blood-sugar control. A healthy diet is one with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, with a limited amount of saturated fat.
Make physical activity part of your daily routine.
Regular exercise can help prevent prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, or help those who already have diabetes to better control their blood sugar. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise — such as a brisk walk — is recommended. Exercise strengthens bones and the heart, and it reduces stress.
Combining aerobic exercises, such as walking or dancing, on most days, with resistance training, such as weightlifting or yoga, twice a week, often helps control blood sugar more effectively than doing either type of exercise alone.