Living a Diabetes-Friendly Lifestyle

Living a Diabetes-Friendly Lifestyle

A diabetes-friendly lifestyle incorporates healthy eating, physical activity, and blood sugar management into everyday activities. When you have type 2 diabetes it is important to develop these healthy habits to help keep your condition under control. Making changes to your daily life is easier than you might think; you can get started by breaking it down into a few simple steps:

  • Talk with your doctor about starting an exercise program, and break your exercise goals into smaller steps. For instance, start out with a 5- to 10-minute walk 3 times a week, and add a few minutes each week as you get more comfortable
  • Try incorporating one additional fruit and vegetable into your daily meals. It can be as simple as topping your morning cereal with blueberries and fixing a small salad to have with dinner
  • Work with your doctor to develop a regular blood sugar testing schedule and determine your target blood sugar range. You can keep track of your blood sugar levels between appointments in the Daily Diabetes Management Journal
  • Reward yourself for progress toward your goals and reaching milestones, and remember that you do not have to go it alone! Let friends and family know about your plan to lead a healthier lifestyle. They can be a great support system when you need it and help keep you on track
  • Check out the ABCs of Diabetes Management for more simple ways to get active and eat healthy — getting started is easier than you may think!

Etie Moghissi, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Etie Moghissi is a clinical endocrinologist involved in patient care in private practice in Marina del Rey, California, as well as an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and is a member of the board of trustees of the American Collage of Endocrinology.

As a clinical endocrinologist, I treat a number of people with type 2 diabetes and know that managing the disease can be a difficult undertaking. The initial diagnosis is often overwhelming and many patients do not realize that high blood sugar levels over time can lead to serious long-term complications.

That’s why I’m working on the Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals program to provide you with clear tools and missions that encourage you to know your A1C and talk to your diabetes healthcare team (including your primary care provider, endocrinologist, and/or diabetes educator) about setting and attaining your blood sugar goals.

By working with your diabetes healthcare team, you can develop an individualized treatment plan and learn more about how lifestyle changes, such as meal planning and physical activity, and medication, when prescribed, all play key roles in helping you reach your A1C goal and blood sugar goals. For more advice about type 2 diabetes management and the importance of teaming up with your doctor, click here.

I am very excited about Get to Your Goals and hope that you find it to be a helpful resource. I know how important it is for people with type 2 diabetes to work with their diabetes healthcare team to set personal goals and a plan for achieving them, and that’s exactly where you’ll start with the first mission of Get to Your Goals – Gather Intelligence.