Diabetes mellitus affects 8.6 percent of the population in Singapore. Here are some tips to manage diabetes well.
A proper diet for a person with diabetes is one which promotes a healthy balanced diet rather than a diet for the sick. The total energy needs of the individual will be calculated at a level to achieve and/or maintain a desirable body weight. The proportion of energy from each of the major energy groups is such that:
It is important that you do NOT delay or skip your meals or snacks (if snacks are allowed), which may lead to fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. If in doubt, you should seek medical nutrition therapy from a qualified dietitian who will tailor a meal plan to suit your lifestyle and medical condition.
Diabetes: Diet and Lifestyle
Regular exercise is an important part of diabetes control and should be part of your daily routine.
Here are the benefits of exercise or physical activity:
Diabetes and Exercise: Tips for a Safe Workout
The type of exercise or physical activity that is suitable for you depends on your age, physical fitness and preferences. You may need to consult your doctor or nurse educator when planning for an exercise programme.
Choose a physical activity that you would enjoy doing. Brisk walking, jogging and cycling are good examples. Exercise regularly, every day if you can, or at least three times a week and 30 minutes for each session. Plan your exercise programme, start slowly and gradually. Increase the amount of exercise you do at each session.
Read on for
important points to remember when exercising and
get tips on oral medication for diabetes.
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This article was last reviewed on
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