How Do You Find Balance with Diabetes?

When you’re living with diabetes, balance is important—whether it’s balancing your diet, your lifestyle, or the emotional highs and lows that can sometimes accompany a frustrating glucose numbers day.

If you’re living with diabetes, what strategies have helped you find balance when it comes to your health? For example, have you discovered any useful diet-tracking tips, or a fitness pastime you’ve come to love? Has meditation been helpful? How do you relieve stress on days when no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get your glucose levels to even out?

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Nancy F.
I became diabetic three years ago . Type 2 . But with life changes , diet and exercise I have it under control so it has not been a big issue.at home but away from home like at parties etc it has been hard because there are so many things I cannot eat any more that is served. Usually I just drink lots of water and keep moving I cut out all sugar in my diet and things are going well . Also that 100 lb weight loss helped a lot
Rita J.
I personally do not have diabetes (thank goodness), however, my husband has Type 2 diabetes. On top of that, he has a mental illness for which the primary medication he has been prescribed we've learned increasing sugar levels ... ugh. So, we're now trying to find a new medication that will work for his mental issues, but not exacerbate his diabetes ... However, my biggest issue is just getting him to change his dietary habits ... We started with his fluid intake ... loves colas and such, but I've been able to move him to ice tea (sweetened with Splenda) ... one down! It's harder to cut his other sweets and carbs (a really tough one). It's odd how you can find sugar free products, but they seem to forget the carbs are still there many times I find. Mostly, at this time, we're just controlling carbs through 'quantity' of intake .. at least it helps. Plus, the biggest surprise of all, I've been able to get him to at least take one walk a day (1 mile...) ... usually in the morning before it gets too warm. I'm telling you, it seems that this is one of the most difficult diseases to try to control.
Lesa H.
My 3ntire family on my mother's side were all diagnosed with diabetes. They took prescription medication but never exercised or ate right, even after being diagnosed. I have not been diagnosed myself and my daughter hasn't either. She just turned 18 and does eat right and is going to school and works part time, so she is getting exercise. She knows the risk and is doing everything she can to prevent it, if possible.
Lori F.
I have not been told I have diabetes but do plan on trying to get some exercising in when the weather gets better
Mike V.
I've dealt with T1 diabetes since I was a kid. At first I did everything "by the book." But after awhile, you can see what works and what doesn't work for you. Now, I follow pretty much the same kind of diet I've always had, but don't really stay totally away from food with sugar in them. I just choose healthier foods that have the least amount of sugar, and recalculate my insulin dose to compensate. I also try to exercise every day. My strategies seem to be working. After 40+ years, I still have no complications!
Wendy K.
Although I myself do not have diabetes, my husband is type 2. It is hard because I find it hard to find things that he like that taste good to a meat and potatoes person. I do not really like that and cannot eat all that stuff since bariatric bypass. I eat small portions 5 to 6 times a day in which I try and get him to do the same thing and it is hard to get him to cooperate.
Lyle B.
I don't have diabetes but the doctors recommend I watch out and eat right. I guess they expect it to happen to everyone by a certain age.