Living with diabetes is not easy at all. Sufferers of the insidious disease must be very careful in their nutrition and physical activity in order to be able to control blood sugar and insulin levels correctly.
When it comes to type II diabetes, things are no different. The good news is that with strict habits, the condition can be controlled with little or no medication.
However, type II diabetes sufferers often make mistakes that worsen their condition, sharply increase blood sugar levels and imperceptibly create conditions for unlocking complications in their condition.
What are these mistakes and how to fix them to keep your condition under control?
Skipping meals and overeating at the end of the day
Many people, including those who do not suffer from type II diabetes, live this way. They don't have time to eat he althy several times a day, they are pressured by work and deadlines, because of which they spend hours sitting without any movement. These harmful daily habits worsen diabetes and make the condition difficult to control.
To top it all, overeating late at night sharply raises blood sugar and insulin levels, which puts the body in a serious challenge.
To control sugar and insulin levels, it is necessary to eat 3 to 5 times a day with small portions of food containing a balanced menu of proteins, fats and a small amount of slowly breaking down carbohydrates. It is of great importance to eat breakfast regularly and not to eat dinner late, even less with a large portion of food that remains unprocessed until bedtime.
Late evening or night snacking
When watching TV in the evening it is tempting to grab something to snack on, why not a portion of ice cream. The extra calories you add to your daily intake put a strain on the pancreas and liver, making the process of mastering and controlling blood sugar extremely difficult for the body.
Not checking blood sugar when needed
Your treating doctor will recommend how often you should regularly test your blood sugar levels. Don't miss them because it gives important insight into your condition and helps control the disease, preventing complications. Not only the rise in blood glucose is dangerous. Her sharp declines can cause serious problems, including coma.
Drink alcohol on an empty stomach
Drinking even one or two glasses of alcohol on an empty stomach is contraindicated. For type II diabetics, this bad habit causes a sharp drop in blood sugar, which is a life-threatening condition. This happens as the alcohol is filtered by the liver. It is also responsible for storing processed sugars and carbohydrates after a meal. Alcohol consumption causes a low release of sugars from the liver for up to 24 hours after drinking it. That is why drinking alcohol is better to happen during or after a meal. In this way, glucose levels are kept relatively stable.
Persistent weight loss and weight gain due to yo-yo dieting
Short-term quick-result diets may be effective in the short term, but they are harmful to he alth in the long term. People with diabetes should never go on such diets because rapid weight gain and loss in short intervals has a detrimental effect on blood sugar levels.
You're not doing enough cardio
Type II diabetes is accompanied by insulin resistance of the cells, which prevents its absorption and proper control of blood sugar. Movement, on the other hand, acts as an accelerator of insulin absorption. Therefore, it is mandatory to exercise for 20-30 minutes a day if you suffer from this disease.
Sitting too long during the day
A sedentary lifestyle makes the risk of complications even greater if you suffer from type II diabetes. A 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that a major part of diabetes control is movement. A sedentary lifestyle makes it difficult to control blood sugar and helps transform nutrients into fat, which accumulates in fat deposits all over the body, especially around the waist.