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Top Seven Tips To Treat & Prevent Diabetes

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Diabetes doesn't have to run your life.When managed properly, diabetics can live a full and content life.Here are seven tips to manage your diabetes.

1. Exercise

Exercise is beneficial for any person.Regular physical activity helps you lose weight, live longer and have more energy.For diabetics, exercise can lower blood sugar levels as well.

2. Eat Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber, found in foods such as oatmeal, flaxseed, nuts and oat bran is effecting at removing LDL cholesterol (bad) from your bloodstream.It also slows your body's absorption of carbohydrates, therefore keeping your blood sugar levels regular.

3. Watch Your Feet

Examine your feet regularly, as nerve damage from diabetes can make it hard to tell if you have a foot injury.Wash and dry feet thoroughly, examine for sores, blisters or rashes.Wear comfortable shoes and socks, and avoid going barefoot.

4. Consume Balanced Meals

A balanced diet goes a long way in our bodies.Follow the diabetes food pyramid and consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and limit sweets, fats and alcohol .

5. Give in to Periodic Cravings

It's important to not deny yourself all the time.By giving in to the occasional craving (in moderation, of course) you can prevent potential binges.Eat sweets smartly, combining the sweet with some fresh fruit.

6. Practice Moderation

Eat smaller portions and practice moderation in your diet .It's okay to eat sweets, meats and other tasty foods, just be sure to control the amounts you eat.

7. Educate Yourself

Learn as much as you can about your diabetes.Take control of your situation and be in charge of your diabetes.The more you know about what's best for you, the more control you will have over your diabetes .

http://diabetes.webmd.com/guide/default.htm

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