Beating Boredom with Type 2 Diabetes
Diet, exercise, and blood sugar strategies you can live by.
By Ilene Raymond Rush
October 2010 — There's a lot I hate about having type 2 diabetes. I hate passing up birthday cake, ice cream, and chocolate candy. I hate testing my blood sugar before and after I eat, I hate sticking myself with Byetta pens twice a day, and I hate having to remember to take my medicine with me when I go out to dinner. I hate worrying about my eyes (I'm about to have cataract surgery) and I hate agonizing about gaining a pound or two.
Basically, I hate everything about type 2 diabetes. But I also know what's good for me and I take care to do everything I can to keep my blood sugar in control, which means testing is imperative. After all these years of dealing with diabetes, one of the best ways that I've discovered to break the negative cycle of diabetes is to add variety – to my diet, my exercise regimen, and my blood sugar testing routine. Taking a break from the daily grind helps me to step away from my bad attitude and get excited about something new.
The problem is that when it comes to type 2 diabetes, it's easy to get into a rut. Figure out a few meals that work with your blood sugar, get on the treadmill or bicycle for your daily workout, and try to stay on track by testing your blood sugar at the same times every day. Regular behavior is key to control, so none of these things is bad for you. But face it – being good can be pretty boring.
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