Living with Type 2 diabetes – Make these lifestyle changes to manage blood sugar

Type 2 diabetes is caused when enough insulin is not secreted by the pancreas to break down the blood sugar. Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, exercise and more can help control the symptoms of diabetes.

Living with Type 2 diabetes - Make these lifestyle changes to manage blood sugar

Living with Type 2 diabetes – Make these lifestyle changes to manage blood sugar  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: Around 70 million people in India suffer from diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is caused when the pancreas stops secreting insulin, the hormone responsible for the breakdown of sugar in the blood. This leads to an increase in blood sugar and can also be fatal for the patient.

Type 2 diabetes needs to be managed and controlled every day to ensure that the disease does not take over the body. There are changes in diet that need to be made – especially when it comes to the intake of sugar. Here are some lifestyle changes you may need to make to reduce the effect of type 2 diabetes on your body and the regular activities of your life.


You may not treat it like your best friend, but now that you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, exercise is going to be a really, really important part of your lifestyle. Exercise helps to control blood sugar levels, improve the use of insulin secreted by the pancreas, and also makes the pancreas more effective to secrete insulin. Yoga specifically is known to manage diabetes the best, among having other great health benefits.

Make healthy eating choices

Not only do you need to control your intake of sugar, but you also need to make healthier eating choices, in general, to ensure that your symptoms do not get worse, and do not lead to increasing your blood sugar. Eat foods that contain less fat, and are more nutritious than just empty calories.

Manage stress

Stress is one reason that causes a lot of health problems and really needs to be managed well, especially in the age of today. Stress can cause your blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure levels to increase, leading to a very unhealthy body. Manage stress to be able to manage diabetes better.

Stop smoking

Not only does smoking mess with your lungs, it causes speedy ageing, and also is a threat for your diabetes. Smoking can not only mess with your efforts to control your blood sugar but can also cause problems in exercising. If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you should quit smoking at the earliest.

Control your alcohol

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetic women should not take more than one drink a day, and men should stick to safe two or three. Alcohol can really mess with your blood sugar and make it either too high or too low. Controlled alcohol consumption is very important to control your blood sugar on diabetes.