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Moving your body on a regular basis and eating healthier can deliver other great benefits, too. With a solid plan in place and steady effort, you may be able to:
Before you start any kind of physical activity, talk to your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you to exercise. Ask for advice about what type of activities might be best for you.
Begin slowly. Give your body time to get used to moving without straining or hurting yourself.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Find great exercise resources including information about SilverSneakers® Fitness Program in Stay Active and Healthy with Workout to Go.
Changing old eating habits can be hard. Remember, your health care team can help you make those important changes. A diabetic educator or dietitian can tell you how many calories you need each day and which food groups should make up the bulk of your calories.
If you don't already keep a meal log, you may be asked to start one so there's a good outline of what you're really eating each day.
So, what should you eat? The best diet for people with diabetes is the same one that is best for nearly everyone: a balanced mix of fruits, veggies, grains, protein and very little refined sugar.
Here's a quick review of some other important food facts you should know:
Take the guess work out of what to eat using tips, recipes and sample meals from the American Diabetes Association.
While there is no magic bullet for managing diabetes, exercise and diet can help.
Originally published 5/13/2019; Revised 2021, 2023
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