Diabetes Type 2: Discover Here Some Tips, Complications and Some Delicious Friendly Snacking for Work

Diabetes Complications: What You Can Do

When diabetes gets out of control, it can take a toll on your body. Too much sugar in your blood can damage nerves and blood vessels, which can lead to many different types of problems.

But those complications aren’t set in stone for everyone with diabetes -- there’s a lot you can do to avoid them. Along with treatment, good health habits can help you keep your disease under control and keep other troubles at bay.   WHAT CAN I DO?

  • Keep tight control of your blood sugar.
  • Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Get regular checkups
  • Healthy Food Choices
  • Eat Regularly
  • Take your medication
  • Don’t smoke
  • Protect your eyes
  • Check your feet every day
  • Excercise Regularly
  • Get help for depression
  • Stay informed

Diabetes Complications:  You can have foot problems

Foot problems commonly plague diabetes patients, but simple routine steps can protect them. Damaged nerves in the feet can cause you to lose sensation down there, so you’re less likely to feel pain, heat, cold—or, say, a blister from a new shoe, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.

Since you can’t feel these early warning signs, feet can more easily become infected; what’s more, high levels of glucose in the blood and impaired blood vessel scan make the infections slower to heal. (In very severe cases, bad infections just keep getting worse, causing skin tissue to die.This is what leads to the need for amputations).

 Tips for proper foot care include the following:

  • Inspect your feet daily
  • Wash your feet daily
  • Don't remove calluses or other foot lesions yourself
  • Trim your toenails carefully
  • Don´t go barefoot
  • Wear clean, dry socks
  • Buy shoes that fit properly
  • Don´t smoke

Your guide to diabetes-friendly snacking at work 

Remember, planning ahead is especially helpful for the workplace. It’s so easy to become engulfed in meetings, projects, and deadlines that we can suddenly go from a little hungry to ravenous. Having diabetes-friendly snacks on hand will give you a healthy alternative when your co-worker brings in those dreaded morning donuts, afternoon pastries, or the always-present candy bowl.

When it comes to choosing your snacks, think about when, how, and what you will be eating.

Practice mindful snacking 

Being mindful of what you eat, really thinking about what and why you are eating, makes a difference. The number one place my clients say they skip mindful eating practices is in the office. And because over 40 percent of American adults admit to stress eating, it’s likely you’re doing it at the office when your schedule gets crazy. 

Eating distraction-free, which includes not eating in front of a screen (TV, computer, phone), can improve blood sugar levels.

Top diabetes-friendly snacks to pack for work 

1. 1/2 cup shelled edamame

With a whopping 11 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber on average, edamame is a satisfying snack that won’t spike your blood sugar levels.

2. 1 cup sugar snap peas + 1/4 cup hummus

Crunchy sugar snap peas are perfect when you get the urge to snack. This combo is cholesterol-free and contains over 80 percent of your daily needs of the naturally occurring antioxidant vitamin C.

3. 6 ounces plain (unsweetened) Greek yogurt + 1/2 cup raspberries + 1 tablespoon slivered almonds sprinkled with 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

Raspberries are one of the highest fiber fruits, making them lower on the glycemic index, which can help keep your blood sugars controlled, especially when mixed with high-protein plain Greek yogurt and healthy fat-filled, high-fiber almonds. Make this snack office friendly by bringing the bulk ingredients on Monday, so it’s ready all week long.

4. 1 cup cottage cheese + 1/2 cup chopped pineapple

This high-protein combo gets natural sweetness from pineapple. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which may reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and potentially reduce osteoarthritis inflammation.

5. 1 string cheese + 1 cup cherry tomatoes drizzled with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar + 3-4 chopped basil leaves

No need to wait until dinner for a delicious caprese salad! Tomatoes contain vital nutrients like vitamin C, iron, and vitamin E. They are even considered a superfood by the American Diabetes Association, so feel free to enjoy guilt-free and often.

6. 1 slice whole-wheat bread + 1/4 avocado

Not only is avocado toast trendy, but it’s healthy too. Grab a slice of sprouted whole-wheat bread and spread one-fourth of the avocado on top. Finish with your favorite salt-free toppings such as red pepper chili flakes, freshly ground pepper, or garlic powder. This combo will keep you full for hours with the high-fiber complex carbs and healthy fats. For those avoiding bread, 1/2 cup of canned low-sodium chickpeas mixed with diced avocado, lemon juice, and a drizzle of hot sauce is a satisfying gluten-free high fiber snack.

7. 2 tablespoons pecans + 1/2 sweet potato

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pecans on one-half of a baked sweet potato along with some cinnamon. This southern-inspired combo will satisfy your sweet tooth. The pecans are a good source of magnesium, which is often low in people with type 2 diabetes. Magnesium can increase sensitivity to insulin and help your blood sugar control.

8. 1 cup of green tea + 1 ounce almonds + 1 small apple

Green tea both increases your metabolism and hydrates you, which helps dilute your blood and lower blood sugar levels. Almonds and apples provide the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.

Type 2 Diabetes Is Not a Life Sentence: Most doctors only talk about diabetes treatment, diabetes management and diabetic control using drugs, pills, injections and surgery. When powerful, quick and easy drug-free treatment methods exist!  

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