Senior Citizen's Guide to Washington County Fall/Winter Edition - page 6

4 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Washington County
4. Know about how much starch and carbs to
eat at each meal.
High blood sugar hinders your body from processing
carbs. A person that has Type 2 high blood sugar is
insulin tough, meaning that the body does not react
to the insulin made by the pancreas. This keeps blood
sugar from going in the body’s cells to store strength.
A Type 2 diabetic should eat between 45-60 grams
of carbs per meal. Read food labels to find out how
many carbs are in what you are eating, being careful of
portion size. For example, if there are 90 grams of carbs
in half a donut then if you eat the whole donut you
would be consuming 180 grams of carbs.
Reviewing food labels helps you to track and cut the
number of carbs you eat. Also, when eating out, ask the
server to give you nutritional tips when ordering. This
helps you make better food choices. Eating a low carb
meal can be a test, but following your doctor’s advice
helps you gain better control of your health issue.
5. Workout regularly.
High blood sugar can make you feel tired. One of
the ways to help you feel better is to keep fit through
a normal exercise program. Start slowly and work your
way up. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program
that is best for you. Working out can help your health
issue. Being active can boost your HDL level, lower your
LDL level, and help you maintain your blood glucose
levels. Best of all, it can also help you stay at a healthy
weight. Every bit of movement counts as exercise. It is
best to choose something that you enjoy so you will not
see being active as work. Try to be active for at least
30 minutes on most days of the week, and check with
your healthcare provider before starting any exercise
program to be sure it’s safe for you.
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