Managing Your Diabetes During the Pandemic

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Life has become harder during this COVID 19 situation. All your daily works have shrunken to homebound activities.

And yet you need to control your diabetes. You can also check online that sell Dexcom supplies or diabetic test strips to monitor your blood sugar.

Well, don’t panic. There is a way out. In fact, staying home doesn’t cause your diabetes to get worse at all if you follow some simple rules and routines.  

Let’s get started.

Get Your Food Habits in Favour

Low Glycaemic Index:

Probably you have heard a lot about the foods that help you stay safe from diabetes. The biggest threat for diabetes is carbohydrates and sometimes you just cannot go completely refrained from them. In that case, a simple trick can save you from the threat:

Carbohydrates and other foods with a low Glycaemic Index.

Try finding some foods that have a low Glycaemic Index (less than 55) and you’re almost free of risk. Some of the foods with a low GI are soy products, fruit, beans, pasta, milk, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, farro, millet, bulgur, pearl barley, peas, sweetcorn, pumpkin, porridge (oats), grainy bread, and lentils.

Other Foods:

There are some other foods that could keep you clean from diabetes.

  • Fatty Fish: Fatty fishes never add to your fat. Rather it is a great source of your ‘heart’s health’. Some fishes like salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel are great sources of are rich with the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, ensuring your diabetes does not get threatening.
  • Leafy Greens: they really are low in calories. Thereby they help you keep your blood sugar level low.

Some green vegetables like Spinach and kale are good sources of vitamins. Some of them, for example, vitamin C which is a strong antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory qualities.

  • Avocados: Some researchers have found a relation between consuming avocados and preventing diabetes.
  • Eggs: Days of excluding eggs from your food list in fear of gaining weight are over. New researches clearly show that eggs can lead to a 4.4% reduction in blood sugar. It also improves insulin sensitivity significantly.
  • Chia Seeds: The issue is about digestible carbohydrates, right? Chia seeds are just the kind— highly fibrous and contain very easily digestible carbs.
  • Nuts: Almost all kinds of nuts are low in net carbs. We can show, for example, digestible carbs per 1 ounce of some of the nuts.
  • Hazelnuts: 2 grams
  • Cashews: 7.7 grams
  • Brazil nuts: 1.4 grams
  • Almonds: 2.6 grams
  • Walnuts: 2 grams
  • Pistachios: 5 grams
  • Pecans: 1.2 grams
  • Macadamia: 1.5 grams
  • Greek Yogurt: In present days so many people with diabetes have greek yogurt in their regular dairy choices. This is anexcellent agent that helps control blood sugar and resist insulin.
  • Broccoli: A perfect low-calorie food broccoli has got the fame of lowering insulin level, protecting against cellular damage, and helping manage your blood sugar level.

Some other foods like the above are:

  • extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • flaxseeds
  • squash
  • shirataki Noodles
  • strawberries
  • garlic

Keep Your Testing Kits at Hand

Get the emergency kits ready to use anytime. Drug tests in bulk are not that difficult these days.

This can save you time and labor during hard times.

Move around the Home

You do just that— move around your home— and you are done. From doing the simple household chores to the extra jobs like cleaning the lawn or watering the flower plants or simply playing with the kids— each of your movements contributes to controlling your blood sugar level and maintaining a healthy heart.

The more you do the physical exertion the less you risk your diabetes.

Dance As You Like

So many people frown at this. But this works. Close the door, start some music with beats and start dancing which we call ‘a freestyle dance’. There are no rules, no postures, no rhythms, no steppings, no nothing. Just keep on throwing your arms and legs with jumps and rolls that people do in intense joy.

The bottom line is you need to feel happy and keep the whole body moving at the same time.

If you dance like that at least ten to fifteen minutes a day you can be sure to be successfully keeping your body fit and controlling your blood sugar level.

Keep Your Mind Fresh

It’s the age of the internet! There is no chance that you could feel alone when you have got social media. Choose any one or more to stay connected with your friends and relatives. Share your feelings with them.

The interesting truth is that you feel depressed and mentally stressed when you are mentally inactive and passing lazy times. That’s when your blood pressure rises and diabetes deteriorates. Keeping yourself mentally fresh contributes a lot to control your blood sugar.

There several ways to keep yourself mentally busy and tension free. Read hundreds of newspapers, watch online movies, or YouTube videos of travel around the world.

Probably the best way of all is doing some meditation. An age-old process to control your physical state through your powerful mind this is a wonderful practice that directly keeps you free from hundreds of physical and mental problems.

It’s only a half an hour daily course for the beginners. Later on, if you feel interested, you can extend your meditation time.

Easy and Light Exercise

The main idea is to use your movements as medicine. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are going without any medicine simply because they do some exercise every day.

All you need is a full-body exercise. This raises your heart rate and helps you keep your diabetes under control.

You need to talk to your doctor or physical therapist before you start any course of exercise.

Some of the very easy exercises are:

Arm jumping jacks keeping your thumbs pointed up towards the ceiling and standing upright. It’s great before starting any course of exercise.

Next is a side body reach, stretching one arm up and alternating with the other. Here your whole body, from head to toe, is moving.

There is another one called backstroke taking the arm and reaching them back behind you just like the way swimmers do the backstroke swimming.

The step touch side to side is another nice workout. With your legs touching one another you move your hands and clap in front.

Final Words

You don’t need to follow a hundred tips a day. Choose the ones that suit you and continue with them. Of course some insurance plans provide more diabetes supplies than you need. If you have extra testing strips lying around, you can trade them in and get cash for diabetic test strips.

Good luck with your health!

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