Friday, February 22, 2019

Expert Answers To Questions About Diabets


Why do other people have different blood sugar goals than I do?

ANSWERED BY MARTY IRONS, RPH, CDE

Because there is no one way to manage diabetes. Everyone used to have the same generic blood glucose targets. But over the past 10 years, treatment has changed. Providers now base safe blood sugar goals on a multitude of factors, including your age and health, how long you’ve lived with diabetes, how active you are, and whether or not you use insulin or are at risk of low blood sugar. Be careful not to compare your goals to others’. You are unique, and your goals should be too.

What’s an appropriate portion of nuts?

ANSWERED BY LEAH SARRIS, RD, LDN

A small palmful about the size of a golf ball is a good amount. If you’re the measuring type, that comes to 1 ounce or about 2 tablespoons. Nuts are good sources of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. And they make for satisfying snacks and filling additions to salads and grains. Limiting portions just keeps calories in check.

Is exercise really safe if I’m at risk for heart disease?

ANSWERED BY ROBERT POWELL, PH.D., CDE, CEP, CSCS

Yes, really! Stories of sudden cardiac arrest during exercise are shocking, but these events are very rare. In fact, it’s riskier not to exercise.
Regular physical activity has been shown to greatly lower PWDs’ risk
of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and of having an exerciserelated heart attack. Plus, it can help slow the progression of CVD complications in those who are diagnosed. If you’re free of symptoms suggestive of a heart issue during exercise (chest pain, increased fatigue,
excessive shortness of breath) and you’ve been cleared by your doctor at
your annual visit, then it’s safe to lace up for low- to moderate -intensity
activities like walking, biking, dancing, gardening, or doubles tennis.
While the benefi ts certainly outweigh the risks, your concerns shouldn’t
be overlooked. For extra reassurance, gradually increase the duration
and intensity of your workouts, and make sure you’re comfortable and
free of symptoms before kicking it up a notch.

 

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