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4 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that has a whole list of other medical concerns that go with it. One of the concerns that you need to be aware of is an increased risk of dehydration, which can become a serious health risk quickly. Because of this, you need to take precautions to ensure that you’re always hydrated and have access to a place to cool off. With a solid plan, you can significantly increase the likelihood that you’ll keep your hydration levels in a safe zone.

Drink Plenty of Liquids

If you have this disease, you likely already know that you should stay away from sugary drinks, but there are plenty of options that will be healthful to you. Water is the most obvious choice, but unsweetened iced tea is another option. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, especially if you’re going to be outside during the summer or in another hot environment. It’s easy to lose track of how long it’s been since you’ve drank water, especially when you’re busy.

Stay Cool

When you’re hot, your body sweats more to keep you cool. Having a hot home can take a huge toll on your body, especially if you have nowhere else to go to cool off. Circulation and dehydration are both working against you. Staying in a hot home will be an uphill battle to keep yourself hydrated and your circulation healthy. If you have a broken or old AC unit or you simply don’t have one, you should contact one of the residential air conditioning contractors in the your area to have them go to your house and fix your cooling system as it can impact your health.

Monitor Yourself While Exercising

One of the particularly frustrating parts about having diabetes is that you should be exercising in an effort to control the effects of the disease, but you also have to be more careful when you’re exercising. When you go for a brisk walk, jog, or other type of exercise, make sure that you’re monitoring how you’re feeling. It’s easy to mistake some of the early signs of dehydration for mild fatigue, and it’s even easier to forget to drink water when you’re swimming.

Watch Your Sodium Intake

When you have diabetes, you need to be particularly careful about the amount of salt that you consume. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes should have no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium in a day because diabetes and sodium both increase the likelihood of stroke and heart disease. Have a discussion with your doctor on the exact amount that’s right for you.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that you can live a long and full life with, but staying hydrated is key to maintaining your health. Talk to your doctor about any diet and exercise plans that you might choose to ensure that you’re taking care of your health in a safe way.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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