Live Better With Diabetes (Slideshow)

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From lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise to breakthrough surgery for the most difficult cases, there are ways to manage and improve your life. Start with these six facts.

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  • Proper nutrition makes a difference

    Eating right can often make as big a difference as medications. And you’ll feel the changes quickly. When possible, choose unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits and lean meats.

    Learn more about nutrition
  • Give peas a chance

    Starchy veggies like peas and can actually be beneficial for people with diabetes. Try to fill half your plate with veggies. It will help you lose weight and control your blood sugar.

    Get a registered dietitian's advice
  • Exercise keeps levels in check

    Exercise helps you lose weight and keeps blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides at optimal levels. Even moderate exercise of 30 minutes per day, five days a week can help. Try walking, swimming, bicycling and flexibility exercises.

    Get more strategies to prevent diabetes
  • For kids, education matters

    Communicate with teachers, coaches, camp counselors and anyone who supervises your child. Make sure supervisors understand the do’s and don’ts of diabetes, such as what foods to avoid. If your child uses an insulin pump, insulin pens or multi-dose injections, pass along instructions.

    Find out more about childhood diabetes
  • You don’t have to ditch all bread

    You can still eat bread and other carbohydrates if you have diabetes, but you have to be smart about it. Stick to smaller, healthy portions and choose whole grains when possible. Spread any carbs throughout the day — don’t overload at once.

    Bust more diabetes and diet myths
  • In tough cases, gastric bypass works wonders

    A Cleveland Clinic study found that gastric bypass surgery can trigger the pancreas to make insulin again, putting diabetes into remission. This follows the groundbreaking STAMPEDE study, which showed that gastric bypass helped patients drop weight and reduce their need for medications.

    Read more about the new study

  • Marry

    I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and put on Metformin on June 26th, 2014. I started the ADA diet and followed it 100% for a few weeks and could not get my blood sugar to go below 140. Finally i began to panic and called my doctor, he told me to get used to it. He said I would be on metformin my whole life and eventually insulin. At that point i knew something wasn’t right and began to do a lot of research. On April 13th I found this book on
    w­j­e­5­9­2­.­com/Cure-Diabetes-Naturally.html . I read the book from end to end that night because everything the writer was saying made absolute sense. I started the diet that day and the next morning my blood sugar was down to 100, the next day was in the 90’s and now i have a fasting blood sugar between Mid 70’s and the 80’s. My doctor took me off the metformin after just one week of being on this lifestyle change. I have lost over 30 pounds in a month. I now work out twice a day and still have tons of energy. I have lost 6+ inches around my waist and I am off my high blood pressure medication too. I have about 20 more pounds to go till my body finds its ideal weight. The great news is, this is a lifestyle I can live with, it makes sense and it works. God Bless the writer. I wish the ADA would stop enabling consumers and tell them the truth. You can get off the drugs, you can help yourself, but you have to have a correct lifestyle and diet. No more processed foods.

    • Ez Acosta

      It pays to advocate for our own health. The standards of health in conventional medicine is atrocious. Im glad you found the path out of sickness. So much of this countries ills goes back to nutrition and clean living and food. The truth is out there.

  • Kimberly Ryan

    In 2007, I was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia, placed on narcotic therapy, extremely active, petite, until three years ago. Cannot take Lyrica or gabapentin due to severe allergies and Cymbalta doesn’t help. I was taken off these medications because of all the studies contraindicated their effectiveness. Now I’m not on anything. I’ve gained almost 50 pounds, due to decreased activity, in severe pain, have increased neuropathy and muscle weakness, all of which are not being addressed. To add fuel to the fire, I had a brain aneurysm in 4/2000 which left me with traumatic brain injury, as well as, physical side effects. I’ve kept these to a minimum by staying physically fit and active. Because my health has deteriorated and by not being as physical, these side effects are becoming more apparent again. There is no one treating fibromyalgia in my area and I also live in NYS with the strict regulations of narcotics. I don’t fit the “normal” treatment for this diagnosis, nor do I have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, yet I cannot get help. It’s unfortunate that someone who goes from being highly active all their life, athletic, loves the outdoors, lives alone, owns their own house, used to be an RN, becomes someone who struggles to get through the day. It’s not right.