5 Daily Habits to Manage Diabetes
Since being diagnosed with LADA and starting her blog, Mila Buckley has become an inspiration to thousands of readers with diabetes. This powerhouse blogger shares some of her best lifestyle tips for healthfully managing this metabolic disorder.
1. Give Your Brain
a Break. Living with LADA can be stressful. My day is constantly peppered with decisions around food, exercise, medications and blood glucose. To center myself, I practice meditation in the mornings, and sometimes before bed. During the workday, I like to take a little dance break at my desk to shake everything out!
2. Move Your Body. I’ve become a huge fan of my Peloton. I ride, run or do strength training at least four or five times weekly. It’s one of my favorite forms of exercise because I can go at my own pace and the app tracks my progress. This lets me see how I’ve improved my endurance or strength over time.
3. Quench Your Thirst.
I constantly have a tumbler nearby with water. You can usually catch me with flat or sparkling water or a homemade iced latte. Staying hydrated helps to keep my blood sugars in check, and I think it also keeps my skin glowy.
4. Know Your Numbers. Staying on top of blood sugar levels is important so you know if you’re managing your diabetes properly. I wear a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) on my arm and I check it after every meal and exercise. I also set up push notifications from my CGM app to remind me to check at random points throughout the day.
5. Cook as a Couple. My husband and I cook dinner together during the week so we can limit how often we eat out. It always helps me to know my food measurements and what’s going into my food. This helps me anticipate fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Plus, it’s a nice way to spend time together without cell phones.