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Healthy Living: Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

It's important to live a healthy lifestyle which includes physical activity Whether we like it or not, diabetes affects our lifestyle and we have to be careful to keep our lifestyles healthy as a result.

We all know eating healthily and regular activity will help us to keep our body happy. What's more, cutting out some of the following evils will make a big difference:

Getting exercise

A contributing factor to general health is your level of fitness. Whether you're down the gym 3 times a week or simply going for a walk - physical activity is essential in order to keep your fitness levels up.

The government advise people to exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

Eat away from your workdesk or TV

A study showed that people who ate whilst using their computer were less aware of what they had eaten and also felt less full than participants who were not using their computer.

It is thought that eating whilst working or watching TV is linked with overeating and snacking, which help to promote weight gain. Concentrate on your eating and you may find you are less prone to snacking.

Diabetes and smoking

Smoking carries a number of dangers such as an increased risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Smoking is even more dangerous if you have diabetes because it affects circulation and can double the chance of developing diabetic complications.

Regularly go for a walk

A good walk is beneficial in a number of ways:

  • Helps to get oxygen into our lungs
  • Beneficial for metabolism
  • Helps to burn calories
  • Can reduce stress
  • Helps promote better sleep


Excessive alcohol affects the body in a number of ways. Alcoholic drinks have a high calorific value which means that weight gain is commonly associated with drinking.

Drinking affects the body’s small blood vessels (capilliaries) which becomes detrimental to many of the body’s functions such as the kidneys, eyes and is also a leading cause of sexual dysfunction.

In the short term, alcohol will also make blood sugar control harder to manage.

Fast food and take aways

One of the best ways to stay healthy is to ensure fast food and take aways are not a regular part of your diet. The occasional visit is not going to harm you but you need to be honest with yourself about whether the occasional visit is becoming a regular event.

Fast food and take aways are usually high in all three of the following:

  • Refined carbs and/or sugar
  • Salt
  • Poor quality cooking oil

These factors help to increase Hormones resistance, raise blood pressure and increase cholesterol levels, which over the long term contribute to more difficult blood glucose control as well as increasing the risk of diabetic complications.

Stress management

Take a break from stress wherever you can. Often we react to stress by trying to beat it only to get drawn in further. Try not get consumed by stress.

During times of pressure, allowing your mind freedom of thought can be helpful.

Going for a walk or leaving a decision until the next day can be effective ways to reduce stress and a number of other methods are available.