Tips to Help You Stay Healthy with Diabetes


Follow these four steps to help you manage your diabetes and live a long and active life.

Step 1: Learn about diabetes

What is diabetes?

There are three main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes – Your body does not make insulin to take the sugar (glucose) from the foods you eat and turn it into energy for your body. If you have type 1 diabetes, you need to take insulin every day to live.
  • Type 2 diabetes – Your body does not make or use insulin well. You might need to take pills or insulin to help control your diabetes. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.
  • Gestational (jest-TAY-shun-al) diabetes – Some women get this kind of diabetes when they are pregnant. Most of the time it goes away after the baby is born. But even if it goes away, these women and their children have a greater chance of getting diabetes later in life.

Why is diabetes serious?

Diabetes can cause health problems such as heart attack or stroke, eye problems, nerve damage, kidney problems, and teeth and gum problems. People with diabetes need to make healthy food choices, stay at a healthy weight, move more every day, and take their medicines even when they feel good. It is a lot to do. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

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Eat a Protein-Packed Breakfast
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5 Reasons to Eat a Protein-Packed Breakfast

Eating breakfast isn’t just for kids. Although you’ve probably stopped growing, your body is constantly renewing itself, replenishing your skin, hair, and nails, replacing old tissues with new, breaking down and rebuilding bone and generally keeping your body in the best shape possible.

How does your body do it? With the nutrients food delivers. Breakfast is especially important because, after a long night’s sleep, the body is low in energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

So that’s one really good reason to eat breakfast. How about five more? Continue reading “5 Reasons to Eat a Protein-Packed Breakfast”

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Eating Right for Exercise

Fitness Food: The Right Diet for Exercise

The amount of food a person needs will vary with age, sex, weight, and activity level. The rate at which you burn calories depends not only on the type of exercise you do but also on how vigorously you do it.

Travis emphasizes that it’s important to divide your calories between carbohydrates, protein, and fat: Continue reading “Eating Right for Exercise”