Good Morning my Friends, this is Toni, I have some things to share with you I think are very important. You may know some of these things but, maybe not ????
The condition of Diabetes wrecks havoc on your body: it closes the veins that feed your nerves, eyes and organs, causing Neuropathy, heart damage, strokes, blindness and kidney damage, it produces cholesterol that fills your arteries and causes heart damage and strokes, it causes high blood pressure which causes heart damage , strokes and kidney damage. Diabetic patients die form one of these conditions or are debilitated by stroke, blindness or amputation due to Neuropathy, keeping your blood sugar constantly low does lower your percentage but the percentage is 50 to 6o% that you will acquire one of these conditions. I know many of you already take medication for some of these; high blood pressure or high cholesterol, maybe you already have the beginning of Neuropathy, I have all three.
Years ago when I was diagnosed with Diabetes I went crazy learning everything I could,( nothing new for me I have a passion for learning and it's nothing new for me to be on the computer researching something) I studied all the research at the time on diabetes. I still keep up with all the research to date. Here's the thing, you have to completely change your lifestyle, I don't mean just adjusting your life to counting carbs and checking your levels.
First, if you smoke you can no longer do that besides everything else nicotine does it closes the veins that feed your nerves and organs, the same thing diabetes does. You can't add to the issue.
Second, you must change your diet, not just counting carbs, I mean everything you eat. Now you must start a healthy diet and one that follows the healthy heart diet, you must protect your heart and organs. This means: 5 cups of vegs. .make sure you get dark greens in there ( not cooked with fat meat or any meat ) steaming the vegs. are best, 2 cups of fruit, 2 cups of whole grains, 2 cups dairy, 3 ounces of meat only ( no red meat, beef, only lean meat) or fish, wild caught ( get a food scale, you can get one cheep at walmarts or targets ect., 3 ounces is about the size of a deck of cards) daily.At My Plate they say your plate should be 1/2 vegs, 1/4 Whole grains, 1/4 protein , meat is not the only protein.You won't believe they make design plates divided like this and sell them for alot of money ! Stay away from processed food, eat fresh or frozen, canned only if you rinse the food very good, eat only good fats and fiber.( You can find information and lists of food to eat, even with carb and calorie values on My Plate.gov) Hydrate your body 5 or 6 bottles of water at the least, ( not coffee or soda). If you have some weight to lose, lose it, 10 to 15% body weight loss will make a big difference.
Three, Exercise is a most important thing to do, it lowers your blood pressure, great for your heart and general diabetes condition. You only have to do this 30 mins. a day to reap the benefits. If you can't say, walk 30 mins. at a time , walk 10 mins at a time three times a day, it has been proven you get the same benefits, if you can't go outside, walk in the house, time yourself and walk the three 10 mins. Do exercise 5 days a week. Be sure to check your blood sugar after you exercise.
Four, have a peaceful, happy life, have friends, be thankful, do for others, be gracious. It has been scientifically proven these actions lower your stress chemicals, which can harm your body and state of mind.
The bottom line is when you have the disorder called diabetes 1 or 2 ,you have to take control and protect your body from every angle, it is much more than just managing sugar which of course you must do, it is protecting your body the best you can from the over all damage this insidious disorder causes, and that's a fact.
Hope, I've given you some food for thought.
Thinking of each of you and wishing you well on the journey with your condition.
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