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Eat right to stay healthy

DR. T. V. PADMA

Diet and exercise are important aspects of treatment.


Diet is an important part of diabetes treatment — and eating the way a diabetic should is really just a matter of eating healthy — something to benefit everyone. The recommended diet is one that is low in fat and sugars, but has high nutritive value.

Right time

When a diabetic eats is also important. It is best for diabetics (and indeed all of us) to eat on a regular schedule, without skipping meals — eating at least three meals a day, and healthy snack in between as necessary.

Another incredibly important part of a diabetes treatment plan is exercise — something that should be a valued component of everyone's life. Exercise certainly helps maintain health, and may prevent obesity and other factors that could contribute to diabetes. Exercise helps diabetics improve the balance between insulin and glucose in the blood. Exercise can allow diabetics to decrease their dependence on medication, by allowing them to lower its dosage. Exercise that gets the heart to race a little — such as running, are important — but also important are meditative exercises. What does that mean? It means that it's now finally being acknowledged that yoga is extremely healthy and beneficial. A study done about a decade ago, found that blood glucose levels of diabetics who practiced yoga were significantly lower when compared to those who did not. Yoga includes controlled stretching, breathing, and meditation — all of which definitely decrease stress. Some patients also find that aromatherapy — an alternative treatment based on the idea that the sense of smell influences mental and physical health — improves their sense of well- being.

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