November is Diabetes Awareness Month in Canada, and at Metta Lifestyles, we are doing our part by spreading awareness to Canadians about this disease and effective disease management. Globally, more than 420 million people are living with diabetes, which has caused a great need to push for education, research and awareness of diabetes. It is likely that you may know someone, or even care for someone living with type two diabetes. Dr. Margaret Chan, the former Director-General of the World Health Organization, once said, “Diabetes is one of the biggest global health crises of the 21st century”. Even though there are significant risks associated with type two diabetes, it is manageable with some lifestyle changes and support.
Here are our five tips to help someone with type 2 diabetes:
Create an exercise routine Having a frequent and regular exercise routine is a massive factor in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. Aerobic exercise can lower blood sugar levels and enhance fitness. Some great exercises: Yoga Tai Chi Ba Duan Jin Pilates
Look into a diabetes self-management program A diabetes self-management program is designed to help those with type 2 diabetes lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Self-management programs are usually a 6-weeks, done virtually or in-person and can vary in price depending on the organization. The program helps you manage diabetes symptoms, tiredness, pain, and emotional issues by helping you learn skills to manage your diabetes day-to-day. To learn more, visit Diabetes Canada.
Keep an eye on your foot health When diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there are many challenges that you will face, especially when it comes to maintaining the health of your feet. There is an excellent risk of nerve damage due to diabetes. We suggest doing a daily check of your feet; keep an eye out for wounds, cracks, blisters, dryness and any other changes you may see. If you start to notice any changes, please consult a specialist. Here is a great checklist to incorporate into your daily routine.
Use the help of technology There are great tools out there to help with monitoring blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI. You can find accessible wearable technology (pedometers or fitness trackers) that will help you track for you and can connect to an app on your phone to monitor. There are lot of encouraging research; learn more in this article.
Ask those in the same boat Many Canadians are living with diabetes, so why not ask around for advice and some tips. We encourage you to find support; this may not be easy, which is why having support from people you trust is a fantastic tool for your well-being. There is a lot of research to confirm why peer support can lower blood sugar; find the article here.
At Metta Lifestyles, we offer specialized services and care options for residents who have been diagnosed with diabetes. We will work together to select the options that provide you with the best quality care. Want to learn more about our diabetes services? Reach out today to get in touch with a Metta Lifestyles representative.