Diabetes awareness with Theresa

For World Diabetes Day, Theresa – both a very talented artist and avid content creator is on a mission to educate others on what living with diabetes is like, as well as how it can be managed. In her own words, Theresa explores what diabetes is, and how it can be managed.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a medical condition that affects how your body uses glucose; a sugar that fuels our daily activities. There are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas, meaning people with Type 1 diabetes need to take insulin daily to survive.

On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body doesn’t use insulin properly or doesn’t produce enough. It’s often associated with lifestyle factors like diet, exercise and genetics. Managing Type 2 diabetes involves making healthy lifestyle choices and sometimes taking medication.

How can Diabetes be managed?

Healthy eating plays a key role in managing diabetes. By making smart food choices you can maintain stable blood sugar levels and live a vibrant life. So let’s dive into some tips on mastering healthy eating for diabetes…

Focus on complex carbohydrates – such as whole grains fruits and vegetable! These foods provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs while gradually releasing glucose into your bloodstream.

Be mindful of how much you’re eating – balancing your plate with non-starchy vegetables proteins. Lean meats or legumes and healthy fats will help control your blood sugar levels.

Controlling your intake – sugary and highly processed foods can cause spikes in your blood sugar leading to long-term complications.

Don’t forget the power of hydration – drinking plenty of water helps regulate blood sugar levels, and supports overall health.

Physical activity – plays a significant role in managing diabetes, so try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine to help lower blood sugar levels and boost your energy.

Remember managing diabetes is a lifelong commitment – don’t hesitate to seek guidance from a registered dietitian or health care professional for personalised advice.

And by incorporating these healthy eating habits into your lifestyle will enable you to thrive and live a vibrant life with diabetes.

Check out Theresa’s YouTube channel where you can keep up to date with the latest news, important discussions, and amazing artwork - as well as seeing all her educational videos on Diabetes.

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