Some key lifestyle changes you can make if you have type 2 diabetes are:

  • Eat healthy: A healthy diet is rich in fiber and low in simple sugars. Try eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and dairy products. Avoid sugary drinks and foods. Limit the amount of refined carbohydrates, like white bread, white rice, or pasta.
  • Exercise regularly: Try to get at least 2.5 hours of exercise every week. You can exercise every day or every other day. But avoid skipping exercise 2 days straight. You can start small by taking brisk walks or taking the stairs instead of an elevator.
  • Lose weight: If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can help manage your type 2 diabetes. Try to lose at least 5% of your initial weight. This means that if you weigh 200 pounds, you try to lose at least 10 pounds.
  • Quit smoking: Stop using any type of tobacco products. This includes cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes.


Feast right, move more, shed pounds, smoke no more!