2021 November 07 3 min read
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In addition to proper diet and medical treatment, exercise is also very important when treating diabetes. All kinds of movement-related activities are important from the point of view of the development of blood sugar levels, since physical exercise moves the glucose in the blood towards the cells of the body without the need to add insulin, thus conserving insulin and reducing the high blood sugar level of the diabetic patient. Regular exercise also strengthens muscles, improves breathing, stimulates blood flow and reduces the entry of fats into the circulation. It is very important for obese diabetics, as exercise burns more calories and speeds up the breakdown.
Exercise and calorie consumption
Diabetes cannot smoke. There are many reasons for this, which can be summarized as follows:
Experiments carried out in Sweden in 1965 showed that the smoke of a single cigarette, even if not inhaled, can increase blood sugar levels by 36 percent within 10 minutes. Heavy smokers may develop damage to the heart and blood vessels that is very similar to that of older diabetics.
All spirits are high in calories. Nevertheless, it is not necessary to categorically prohibit the consumption of alcohol for diabetics. A diabetic who is under medical control is not risking anything if he drinks occasionally. However, there is one thing to be aware of: the sugar content of certain spirits is very high. These include sweet wines, beer, champagne, liqueur, cognac and sweet Martini. And don't forget that diabetics can't stand the drink, especially if they're on oral medication. The liver of diabetics is particularly prone to damage. If there is even a suspicion of this, alcohol consumption must be completely avoided.
Coffee and tea
Both coffee and tea contain caffeine.The effect of this is similar to that of sugar, the blood sugar level rises due to the stimulation of the adrenaline gland. It is clear that this is not good for diabetics. Caffeine also burns available thiamine (vitamin B1), which is vital for diabetics. Decaffeinated coffee and herbal teas are excellent substitutes for traditional coffee and tea.
For us to enjoy food, flavoring is obviously very important. However, the consumption of salt is often prohibited for diabetics, as many of them struggle with heart problems, high blood pressure, eye damage, and kidney disease. However, low-sodium salt can be safely consumed and its consumption should not cause any problems.
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