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Healthy eating and exercise

Healthy eating and regular exercise can help prevent your blood sugar (glucose) from becoming too high or too low. Improving your diet and becoming more active also helps to keep your heart healthy, your weight down, and gives you more energy.

Eating at regular mealtimes will help control your blood sugar. It is important to eat after taking insulin to make sure that your blood sugar does not get too low.

Measuring your blood sugar 1 to 2 hours after your meal will help let you know how the types of food you eat can change your blood sugar.

If you wait too long to eat, then your blood sugar level can be too low; if you eat meals too often or snack throughout the day, then your blood sugar level can be too high.

Sometimes it might be hard to tell your friends and family that you cannot eat certain foods or that you need to get more exercise. It is important to be honest with them about what you can eat and ask for their support. Bringing a friend on a walk can help lift your spirits and keep you healthy.

  • If you feel sad or angry because you have diabetes, you might not want to exercise or eat right. Exercise can help your mood and make you feel better.
  • Eating right can help you feel in control of your diabetes

Having diabetes does not mean you will be sick for the rest of your life. It means that you need to work to take care of yourself to stay healthy. This includes:

  • Making sure your diabetes does not make you feel sad or alone.
  • Your body and mind can stay healthy if you eat right, exercise, take your medicine, and share your feelings with your friends and family.

Source: MKG MKT0568 & MKT0567