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fruitsNutrition

Nutrition is a very important part of managing your diabetes. One thing to pay attention to is the portions on your plate. A balanced diet is very helpful to control your blood sugar levels. A balanced meal includes half a plate of vegetables, one quarter protein, and the last quarter carbohydrates, with a fruit and dairy choice.

Below are some links to help you meet this balance: 


Physic
al Activity

sneakersPhysical activity is an important step in managing your diabetes. An increase in physical activity helps your muscles use the sugar from your food.

Below are some links to help you boost your activity level and learn more about how exercise affects diabetes:

bike

 

 swim

Setting Goals to Live Well 

The Live Well! Bien Vivre! program offers health coaches that work with you to achieve your health goals. The services are free to participants and are personalized to meet your needs. For more information, visit the Live Well! Bien Vivre! website.


High & Low Blood Sugar Levels

There are several reasons to check your blood sugar: to learn the effects of food and activity, why you may not be feeling well, and to check for highs and lows.

Frequent high blood sugar levels can cause damage to your blood vessels and lead to other health problems. If you find your blood sugars are often high, speak to your health care provider about adjusting food choices, physical activity, or medication.

Some signs that your sugars are getting too high are:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Needing to pee often
  • Very dry skin or mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Extreme tiredness or drowsiness
  • Slow healing wounds

Having a low blood sugar level can become an emergency. When testing your blood sugar, a low blood sugar is any result below 4.

Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar can be:

  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Anxiety
  • Hunger
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Numbness or tingling of the tongue or lips

If you are feeling any of these symptoms, you should check your blood sugar immediately. For more information on how to treat your low sugars, see the link below:

Diabetes Canada: Lows and Highs


Mental Health and Diabetes

As with any change in health and lifestyle, living with diabetes can be stressful and lead to mental health challenges. It is important to maintain good mental health for motivation and success in your diabetes management. If you are facing challenges with your mental health, please talk to your health care provider. For more information about how your mental health can affect your diabetes management, click the link below.


Smoking Cessation

cigQuitting smoking is one of the most important things people living with diabetes can do to help slow down or prevent complications. Smoking causes heart disease, high blood pressure, and the hardening of blood vessels. For people with diabetes, smoking drastically increases the risk for complications.

Assistance is also available through the Live Well! Bien Vivre! Program and through your Diabetes Education Centre.


Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens only during pregnancy. It is very important for women with gestational diabetes to work together with their health care team to ensure the delivery of a healthy baby. Learn more:

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