While Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure, we should not take it as something akin to a prison sentence. Believe it or not, it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle while having this health condition.
As a provider of home health & hospice in Kansas, we often encourage healthy lifestyle changes to our patients as they go through diabetes management. Here are some recommended lifestyle interventions:
- Physical activity
Have at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity a week or one hour and 15 minutes of high-intensity exercise. These can include brisk walking, cycling, hiking, jogging, gymnastics, and others
- Maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI)
A healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. If you are above the healthy level, aim to achieve gradual weight loss.
- Dietary changes
Decrease your fat intake and increase your intake of dietary fiber. This includes wholegrain foods, vegetables, fruits, beans, and lentils. Choose lean meats such as skinless chicken and turkey to cut down on saturated fat.
- Stress management
Stress can increase blood pressure and blood glucose levels. It makes it difficult to control your blood glucose levels. Practice mindfulness and non-toxic ways to manage stress.
Do you need help with managing your diabetes? You may benefit from home health in Wichita, Kansas. We at Providence Home Health and Hospice LLC aim to meet your specialized needs with superior quality healthcare.
We also provide other services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, physical and occupational therapy, and hospice care services.