Healthy Eating and Exercise

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Nutrition and Hydration for Managing Type 2 Diabetes

The Importance of Nutrition and Hydration

Nutrition and hydration are crucial for overall health, but they are especially important for individuals with Type 2 diabetes. Since their bodies have become desensitised to glucose, managing blood sugar levels requires more attention to diet and fluid intake.

Managing Blood Sugar Levels

In Type 2 diabetes, blood sugar levels build up and can only be removed gradually, either naturally at a slower rate or with the help of medications. Eating healthily can aid this process significantly. Limit the intake of high-sugar and high-fat foods and drinks. Instead of cutting them out abruptly, gradually reduce consumption and find healthier alternatives that are equally satisfying.

The Role of Physical Activity

While diet management is vital, physical activity also plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. Engaging in as little as 2.5 hours of activity per week can make a significant difference. This activity does not have to be strenuous sports; housework, gardening, or brisk walking are effective ways to get your heart rate up and improve overall health.

Benefits of Weight Loss

Losing weight can significantly reduce the strain on your body. Benefits include:

  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Improved blood pressure
  • Enhanced overall health and well-being