How to Live a Healthier Lifestyle With Type 2 Diabetes
When you’re living with Type 2 diabetes, your risk for developing life-threatening diseases such as heart disease
health and decreasing your susceptibility to dangerous diseases. You should do your best to avoid consuming too much sodium, fat, and sugar by opting for whole grains over refined grains and choosing lean, skinless meat whenever you can. Also, avoid sugary drinks unless you need to raise your blood sugar level. Exercise Just two and a half hours of moderate-intensity exercise every week (that amounts to 30 minutes of exercise five days per week) can drastically boost your longevity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Moderate-intensity exercises include cycling, gardening, and taking a brisk walk. Keep Your Stress in Check The world feels especially stressful right now, and all that stress can cause your blood pressure to soar and increase your susceptibility to heart disease if you have diabetes. De-stress by using techniques like breathing exercises, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation. You can find tutorials for all these and more online. These healthy lifestyle habits for people with Type 2 diabetes may not be revolutionary, but sometimes the best ways to improve your health are straightforward and simply require commitment and consistency.
and kidney disease is much higher. Fortunately, there are things
you can do to decrease your chances of developing other conditions on top of your diabetes. To learn more about these healthy habits, read on.
Stop Smoking Even if you don’t have diabetes, smoking can seriously damage your health. However, if you do have Type 2 diabetes, the risk to your blood vessels, heart, kidneys, and nerves could be even more severe. No matter how long you’ve been smoking, remember: Quitting is always an option! Don’t let this habit be what prevents you from living as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Improve Your Diet A balanced diet that includes lots of vegetables, fruits, fats, starches, and proteins can go a long way toward improving your overall
CLASSIC PUMPKIN SOUP
Pumpkins aren’t just for pie — they make delicious soup, too! This fall, try your hand at this healthy soup recipe and warm up with a bowl. INGREDIENTS
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1 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced 2 1/4 cups pumpkin purée (homemade or canned) 2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup canned light coconut milk
2 tbsp honey 1/4 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté olive oil, shallots, and garlic for 2–3 minutes. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer the soup to a blender and purée. Pour the blended soup back into the pan. 4. Cook over medium-low heat for 5–10 minutes. Taste and add additional seasoning as desired, then serve!
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