4 Things That Make Diabetes Worse

A couple watching TV and eating popcornDiabetes can be a scary, intimidating diagnosis to get. But it can be a manageable disease if you follow a healthy lifestyle and listen to your doctor.

It’ll also help if you do your body a favor and avoid the following bad habits that may worsen your diabetes symptoms and increase your complication risks:

Watching TV. One study found that for every two hours people spend glued to the tube, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or worsening their symptoms if they already had it,  increases by 20 percent.

Skipping sleep. Not getting enough shut-eye can cause night sweats, which can worsen symptoms by dehydrating your body. Being tired or stressed can also increase your appetite for sugar and other diabetes no-no’s.

Not tracking blood glucose. Gauging whether medication or insulin shots are working to control the disease requires frequent blood tests.

Improper dieting. Diabetes maintenence centers around proper nutrition — not diets. Losing and re-gaining weight all the time may throw off your metabolism.

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