Just a Walk Will Do…

People always tell me that the hardest part about beginning an active lifestyle is getting motivated.  I always respond saying that you don’t need to run full-fledged marathon or attend military boot camp on your first day. Take it easy, start slow. Now if you’re the type that likes to get going hard then kudos to you. But if you’re not, you can start off light, I’d say first thing in the morning. Sure you need to get up fifteen minutes earlier but it’s worth it, trust me.

I’ve heard that the best way to lose weight is to workout early in the morning so just wake up, drink some water, throw on some clothes, and enjoy the sunrise. You’ll have more energy throughout the day and your body will begin to feel the benefits of increased activity in your lifestyle.

Just remember, a walk will do when time calls for an overdue workout. Just keep it consistent, do it 3 times per week to start, then increase to five, and eventually, you’ll begin each morning with a brisk jog.

Diabetic Neuropathy

What exactly is diabetic neuropathy? Neuropathy is the damage done to nerves. Diabetic Neuropathy is simply nerve disease or damage caused by diabetes. High blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels and nerves and thus over time, cause this disease. The higher the blood sugar levels, the greater the risk. Close to half of the diabetic population end up diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy because they simply do not do enough to treat their diabetes problems.

Take control of your blood sugar levels. Take your medications as directed by your doctor. Eat a healthy, and well balanced diabetic diet. Go in for regular check-ups. Consult your physician, then, upon approval, begin an exercise program working out 4 to 5 times a week for 30 to 40 minutes at a time. Taking care of your feet is also an important part of diabetic treatment. Avoid tight fitting shoes that may cut off circulation. Many diabetic patients find that walking regularly, taking warm baths, and using elastic stockings or diabetic socks help to relieve foot pain. So start now, take care of yourself and your blood sugar levels.

Scott’s Diabetes Journal

Here is a great blog of a diabetic named Scott Johnson who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1980. Scott’s Diabetes Journal is the perfect way for Scott to share his struggles, triumphs, and feelings towards and with diabetes. I personally enjoy Scott’s favorite quote in the title image of his blog. “Diabetes is like being expected to play the piano with one hand while juggling items with another hand, all while balancing with deftness and dexterity on a tightrope.” Check out the blog and follow Scott’s journey with diabetes.

Exercising

I cannot stress enough the importance of exercise to treat and prevent diabetes. Diabetics want to continue to strive to maintain their ideal body weight. Most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Further more, in most scientific studies, type 2 diabetes has improved with weight loss. If you have diabetes however, you should never begin a rigorous workout regimen without consulting a doctor.

Use this blog along with the many resources available on the net to find great diabetic recipes to maintain your diabetic diet. Proper diet and nutrition is the key to help control this disease. Most anyone can ‘eat’ themselves into being diabetic. Healthy eating with hearty exercise results in a happier lifestyle.

Why Diabetic Socks

People diagnosed with diabetes have many troubles with their feet.  The loss of feeling and senses make it hard to tell whether or not a blister or sore has developed. If sores go untreated, they can later become ulcers. The complications only get worse from there.

Diabetic socks are seamless and are designed to reduce irritation. Protection against irritation is important and can prevent sores and blisters from forming. The idea behind diabetic socks is to increase the health of your legs and feet.

What Exactly is Diabetes

For those of you who don’t know exactly what diabetes is or how it begins, Diabetes is a disease in which the level of sugar in the blood is abnormally high. The reason for the high blood glucose (sugar) levels is that the body is not able to properly control the amount of sugar in the blood. Persons diagnosed with diabetes cannot produce or effectively use insulin to regulate their glucose levels.

Diabetes begins in the pancreas, but can lead to kidney failure, nerve damage in the feet, eyes, and heart, and cause great disabilities. But proper  treatment can lead to a healthier lifestyle and an higher quality of life. If you or a loved one is affected by diabetes, please feel free to contribute to this blog. Share your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and especially experiences. Together, we can conquer diabetes.

The Importance of Exercise

While not everyone with type 2 diabetes is overweight, studies have shown that obesity and lack of physical activity are the two most common causes of this type of diabetes.  With that being said, it is important to take some time out of your busy day to just take a walk around the block, bike to work, take the stairs.  It’s always good to start somewhere and the simple stroll after dinner is a great way to get your health on the right track.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, consult with your doctor or physician before beginning an exercise program.  Your doctor can direct you in the right direction and let you know what kind of exercise will be good for you depending on your current physical condition and the level of control over you diabetes.