The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to mental health, physical activity, and sedentary behavior for people worldwide. So it’s no surprise that individuals living with type 2 diabetes have also found it challenging to maintain healthy eating habits and exercise routines during the pandemic. As a result, some have struggled with their diabetes management, with four in 10 reporting blood glucose levels more frequently out of their target range.
The great news is that healthy living is a lifelong process so it’s never too late to get back on track.
Here are five tips for people with type 2 diabetes:
1. Start small by setting goals that are realistic and attainable. For example, get outside daily for a brisk 15-minute walk to get your heart rate up and help ward off seasonal blues.
2. Adjust your mindset. Rather than restricting your diet, think about how you can add healthy foods to your meals.
3. Find a friend to stay motivated. It’s easier to stick to healthy lifestyle changes when you have someone doing it with you.
4. Make a plan and stick to it. Schedule your physical activity and plan some healthy meals for the week in advance.
5. Stay in touch with your healthcare team. For those living with type 2 diabetes, death from heart disease at an earlier age is a serious risk. Speak with your doctor about type 2 diabetes treatments that may also help protect your heart.
Find more resources at myheartmatters.ca.
— News Canada