Danny Kirk, Diabetic and Diabetes Lifestyle Coach, is the founder of DannyType1.com.au – an educational service offering a holistic diabetes program.
Danny’s program is designed to improve the health and quality of life of diabetics and reduce the number of suffering depression as a result of their diagnosis.
Here are Danny’s top 10 diabetic type 1 & 2 lifestyle no-brainers.
1. Check your blood glucose levels first thing in the morning
This will give you a really good start in controlling your levels for the rest of the day and more importantly, it will also help create emotional stability.
2. Regularly check your stock levels of insulin, carbohydrates and testing strips
This will help you feel safer, more in control and ultimately have better HBA1C results.
3. Make sure you are always well hydrated with filtered water
75% of your body is water, if you dehydrate 2% this can reduce your body’s efficiency by up to 20%.
4. Always start the day off with healthy and organic food
This will help you maintain your energy levels and feel more in control throughout the day.
5. Prepare your meals in advance
Cook multiple meals at one time that you store in the freezer and eat at a later time. Excellent for when you arrive home late and don't want to cook, it helps you avoid take-away and processed foods.
6. Plan your day out the night before
This will ensure it will run a lot smoother and with less stress and try to get 8 hours sleep, the best time is between 10pm - 6am.
7. Practice a holistic approach to your diabetes
Meditation and yoga are both good for the mind as well as the body and are proven to be excellent for diabetes. They will help relieve stress and anxiety from your life.
8. At the first sign of a hypoglycemia, take action and trust your instincts
If you have done your preparation your orange juice will be close at hand.
9. Make sure you keep your appointments with your diabetic specialists
This includes Diabetics Educators, Opticians, Chiropractors, Podiatrist, Endocrinologist and Australian Diabetes Council. This is the only way to know whether you are managing your diabetes optimally.
10. Have all of your equipment in multiple places
For example, insulin and blood glucose monitors at work, home, in the car and/or at a friend’s house. This ensures you have diabetic ‘safe zones’.
For more information, visit DannyType1.com.au