Simple steps to Control Diabetes

India is the diabetes capital of the world with as many as 50 million people suffering from type 2 diabetes as stated by TOI. Diabetes is a lifelong disease, but no need to panic as it can be managed at initial level by making a few simple changes in your lifestyle and with medication (if prescribed). Practitioners feel that patients taking proper medication and lifestyle modification play an important role in diabetes management and this can help them lead a normal life.

Here are 5 steps one can take to manage their blood sugar levels:

  • Diet:

  • Drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day. Control your carb intake and include more fiber intake in your diet. You can eat green leafy vegetables as they are high in fiber and rich in nutrients like magnesium and vitamin A. Other best options can be avocados, garlic, chia seeds, nuts, whole grains, pulses, green tea, and eggs.

  • Exercise:

  • If you are not an exercise person you can include fun activities in your daily life such as dancing, swimming, yoga, sports, walking, climbing stairs, meditation, and much more. You can start with a 10- minute workout and gradually work your way up to 30- minutes.

  • Weight loss:

  • If you are an overweight losing a few Kgs can show miraculous results. Along with diet and exercise, you should know what is the right amount of calorie intake for you and then plan your diet and portions accordingly. You can know this through Basal metabolic rate (BMR) by simply stating your age, height, and weight. Find out your BMR on

  • Medication:

  • Find a good doctor and take medications as prescribed by the doctor on time. If you are unable to find a good doctor in your locality or are time bound then you can find a doctor online on Also see to it that you get enough quality sleep and avoid stress as hormones such as glucagon and cortisol are secreted during stress and can cause blood sugar level to go up.

  • Monitor your sugar levels:

  • With new technologies coming in you can now keep a track of your blood sugar levels online in a chronological order or even in forms of graphs and charts through Electronic health record software (EHR) or Electronic medical record software (EMR). With such software, you no longer have to worry about managing your papers and worrying about losing them. You can carry and access them whenever and wherever you need them.

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