Diabetes: Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes (cont.)

While many, many people are living happily and healthily with type 2 diabetes, change doesn't always come easy at first. Here are a few tips to help you get -- and stay -- with the program.

  • Ask for support. Let your friends and relatives know about the changes you'll be making, and why they're important for your health. Ask them to help you stick with your plan.

  • Plan ahead for temptation. If you're going to a party, prepare your own healthy dish and bring it along. Or, if you're headed to a restaurant, figure out ahead of time what you'll order and how it fits into your eating plan.

  • Educate yourself. Learning as much as you can about your condition will help you make informed decisions about it.

  • Make changes gradually. For example, if your goal is to eat more veggies, add one serving at dinner every day. Once you're used to that change, start sneaking in a second serving at lunch.

  • Get some exercise. Not only will exercise help control your blood sugar and boost your health in other ways, it can reduce stress and improve your outlook. See your doctor about getting started.

Originally published May 7, 2003.
Medically updated May 2, 2005.

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