ICT Internal Medicine & Pain Management provides diabetes management in Wichita, KS. Balancing what you eat and your physical activity are key to managing diabetes. Diabetes can be successfully controlled with diet, exercise and medication. Our goal is to provide patients with a customized plan which includes a healthier diet, routine exercise and in some cases medication.
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Use of Diet for Diabetes Management
In many cases, optimal glucose levels can be reached with a healthy diet and exercise. It is important to understand what foods will help or hinder your blood sugar levels. ICT Internal Medicine and Pain Management works with patients to formulate a customized plan to adjust diet according to their needs. Foods that help maintain healthy glucose levels include: vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Although there are no foods that are strictly off limits, you should limit foods high in sugar and fats, as a well balanced and consistent diet is beneficial to your overall health. Staying well hydrated is also important as it helps flush out excess blood sugar from your kidneys.
Exercise and Diabetes Management
Routine exercise is important for diabetes management. Set a goal to be active most days of the week. Maintaining a healthy weight will improve overall health and prevent future health problems. Physical activity helps control your diabetes by bringing your blood sugar down. Consult with Dr. Baoluan Nguyen to discuss what kind and how much exercise is right for you.
Good forms of exercise include weight lifting, brisk walking, running, biking, dancing, hiking, swimming and more. Coordinate your workouts with your meal and diabetes medication to get the best results. Regular exercise increases insulin sensitivity which means your cells are better able to use the available sugar in your bloodstream.
Diabetes Management Medication
Insulin therapy and other diabetes medications are designed to lower your blood sugar levels when diet and exercise aren’t enough. Be aware that other medications you may take can affect your glucose levels. You should never adjust your medications without first talking with your doctor. Discuss the pros and cons of different medications with us and together we will help decide which one is best for your lifestyle.