Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming and confusing, especially if you are under 40 or keep an active lifestyle. You are suddenly bombarded with information that you have to be put medication and may be at risk of serious health complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and amputation.
However, once diagnosed, you can still lead a normal and healthy life by making minor adjustments to your daily routine.
By and large, no single food or food category is off-limits. You can still continue eating all types of foods, even carbohydrates, fats or sugary treats. Of course, this has to be done in moderation and together with proper management of the disease.
Exercise is also highly recommended and may reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular conditions. If you played vigorous physical activities, there is no requirement to immediately stop doing so. However, it is important that you prevent your blood glucose from going too high or low during and after exercise. On the flipside, if you have been leading a sedentary lifestyle, change is certainly required.
By consulting your doctor, you can continue or implement any exercise programme. Some tips to exercise safely include testing your glucose levels before, during and after a workout, taking the right dosage of insulin having a snack at hand and taking a break in between if you require.