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How can you keep control over your diabetes as you get older?

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  • As it turns out, the things you do to get a handle on diabetes as you enter midlife aren’t that different than what you’ve been doing all along to stay healthy: Pay attention to your diabetes. That means you need to keep track of your blood sugar levels and talk to your doctor if they’re are all over the place and you can’t figure out why. Keep a record of your results and go over them with your doctor.
  • Watch your weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Get plenty of vegetables, choose whole-grain foods, and opt for lean proteins and low-fat dairy.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. It will give you more energy and boost your mood. You’ll get the most benefit by doing a combination of an exercise that ups your heart rate -- like brisk walking -- along with strength training, like lifting weights.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Factors Affecting Blood Glucose,” “Weight Loss,” “The Best Food Choices.”

David Goldstein, MD, professor emeritus, University of Missouri School of Medicine.

American Diabetes Association: “Does Age Make Diabetes Harder to Control.”

Women’s College Hospital: “Menopause.”

National Institute on Aging: “Can We Prevent Aging?”

Joslin Diabetes Center: “What is Insulin Resistance?”

American Diabetes Association: “Checking Your Blood Glucose.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Physical Activity and Exercise.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Factors Affecting Blood Glucose,” “Weight Loss,” “The Best Food Choices.”

David Goldstein, MD, professor emeritus, University of Missouri School of Medicine.

American Diabetes Association: “Does Age Make Diabetes Harder to Control.”

Women’s College Hospital: “Menopause.”

National Institute on Aging: “Can We Prevent Aging?”

Joslin Diabetes Center: “What is Insulin Resistance?”

American Diabetes Association: “Checking Your Blood Glucose.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Physical Activity and Exercise.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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