Diabetes and Lifestyle Considerations

Sarah Blunden, PDt CDE CPT, Dietitian, discusses the importance of making good lifestyle choices when managing diabetes.

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Sarah Blunden, PDt CDE CPT, Dietitian, discusses the importance of making good lifestyle choices when managing diabetes.
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Featuring Sarah Blunden, PDt, CDE, CPT, Dietitian

Duration: 2 minutes, 58 seconds

There are a number of lifestyle considerations people living with diabetes need to consider in order to maintain or control their blood glucose levels. One of the main, crucial parts is healthy eating.

Here are some tips:

Eating three times a day at regular times and having a healthy snack if needed. Choosing high fibre foods. High fibre foods will help control blood glucose levels, help with cholesterol, and make us feel full.

Drinking plenty of water during the day and choosing water over juice and soft drinks. Limiting the amount of sweets and sugar we eat in the day, and also limiting the amount of fatty foods. This will also help control body weight.

Weight loss can help control blood glucose levels and actually even lower blood glucose levels. So when following a healthy meal plan, physical exercise, physical activity, is important in managing diabetes and for our overall health.

The recommendations for people living with diabetes are trying to aim for 150 minutes a week of aerobic exercise. Also aiming for three times a week resistance exercise, meaning using elastic bands or weights. If you’re new to exercise, just starting, or trying a new program, make sure to speak to your physician first for your safety.

Managing diabetes can sometimes be overwhelming. The research shows that stress can cause our blood glucose levels to rise, so a healthy part of managing diabetes is learning techniques to also manage stress.

So here are some helpful tips in managing stress:

First of all, ask for help. When we’re feeling overwhelmed, we need to ask for help. Looking at other techniques for relaxation, something that works for you, whether it’s meditation, or breathing.

Being prepared, so for example having sugar packets on you in case of hypoglycemia. And be positive. We need to remain positive. If things didn’t work out that day or something didn’t happen, focus more on the positives.

Remember, in keeping your A1C within target, this can help prevent long-term complication of diabetes. In following a healthy meal plan, doing regular exercise and managing stress, are all key components in staying healthy.

If you have more questions on how to live with diabetes, please feel free to reach out to your physician, nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other health care professional.

Presenter: Ms. Sarah Blunden, Registered Dietitian, Ville Saint-Laurent, QC

Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian

Diabetes and Lifestyle Considerations ( 129 participated.)

How you can improve your A1C results through lifestyle modifications


One way to help manage blood sugars is to have a meal plan that involves eating 3 meals per day at regular intervals.


Drinking water rather than juice or pop is helpful when trying to control blood glucose levels.


People living with Diabetes should try to get at least 2 1/2 hours or 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week.


Weight lifting or resistance training is not as effective as aerobic exercise in patients with Diabetes.


Learning how to manage stress levels is an important component of overall blood sugar control.


By modifying diet, exercise and stress levels, patients with diabetes can help improve their A1C levels and overall risks of diabetic complications in the future.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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