6. Lack of Exercise
Regular exercise is crucial to effectively manage the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Exercise and physical activity will help you lose weight, alongside maintaining a healthy weight, which will in turn, reduce your risk for suffering from heart disease, or a heart stroke. Physical activity will also boost insulin sensitivity in your body, along with aiding your cells in eliminating glucose from the bloodstream and utilizing it to generate energy. Experts believe that an energetic workout can reduce your blood sugar levels for more than 24 hours.
On the other hand, being physically inactive can lead to severe increases in blood sugar levels. A research conducted in 2012 revealed that the blood sugar levels of physically active and healthy participants increased alarmingly within just three days of reduced physical activity. However, it is not always possible to stay physically active.
For instance, patients who have to undergo a serious surgery will not be able to maintain the activity levels of people who have not undergone surgery. Such patients need to be extra mindful about maintaining their blood sugar levels. When planning your exercise regime, bear in mind that experts strongly advise type 2 diabetic patients to keep a watch out for symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels while exercising. If your blood sugar levels fall low, be sure to attend to it instantly.
Having an exhausting workload with a sensitive deadline, dealing with the loss of a loved one, or being stressed about a looming mortgage payment can cause your blood sugar levels to rise at an alarming pace. Stress is one of the greatest catalysts that increase blood sugar levels, and it does so by increasing the secretion of cortisol, the hormone responsible for our fight-or-flight response.
When the cortisol levels increase, the body becomes less sensitive to its own production of insulin, and to the effects of insulin injections. Stress doesn’t always have to be emotional or mental, it can also manifest physically, in the form of an injury. It is also important to note that even certain positive changes to your lifestyle, for instance a vacation or a new, more demanding job, can also lead to sudden increases in your blood sugar levels.
The most effective strategy is to de-stress your mind and body, and bring your hormones under control. Many people often attempt to achieve this by consuming their favorite comfort foods, which can never be helpful for a diabetic patient. However, you can acquire new stress-busting and stress management strategies. There are many techniques that you can adopt and use when your tension and anxiety is at its peak, tempting you with the uncontrollable urge to scream.
You can take out some time for a 10 minute walk, practice some yoga moves that you can perform at your desk or office, have a cup of soothing green or chamomile tea, or even practice some breathing exercises. In order to form an effective preventive regime, be sure to develop a regular exercise regime, and a mediation and yoga habit.