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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.

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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.

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