Diabetes complicates many aspects of life, but it doesn't have to hinder you from living to the fullest. Whether you're newly diagnosed or have lived with the disease for several years, now is the time to develop your support system and strengthen your care techniques. You can live long and prosper with diabetes.

Finding Support For Diabetes

Living with diabetes makes every day a little bit more complicated than it is for most. Only diabetics can understand the difficulty that comes with having to pause your daily activities to constantly monitor your blood sugar or administer insulin. The mood swings and possible sexual dysfunction can be immensely frustrating, and particularly for men, it can feel impossible to reach out for the support you need. In a 2008 study of diabetic men and women, men reported lower levels of social support than women did.

Diabetes support groups are numerous on the internet and there are likely to be a few in your city, too. The American Diabetes Association has a vibrant online community and lists local support groups. You may be surprised to find the difference that reaching out for a hand can make.

Sexual Health

A major concern for many men with diabetes is sexual health. Men with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely as men without diabetes to suffer from low testosterone, which can lead to the following symptoms:
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Depression
  • Low energy levels
  • Reduced interest in sex
  • Less lean body mass

Fitness and Nutrition

Nearly 12 percent of all men over the age of 20 have diabetes, and 100 percent of these men have the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle. Fitness and nutrition are absolutely vital when it comes to living with diabetes. 
 
When you exercise, your body is better able to efficiently remove glucose from the blood. Physical activity helps lower your A1C (glucose attached to hemoglobin), which may even allow you to take fewer diabetes medications or insulin shots in the long run. If you aren't a regular exerciser or have concerns about your health, talk to your doctor before starting any sort of vigorous workout plan. 
 
Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand, particularly with diabetes. To boost your overall health and energy, incorporate these diabetes superfoods into your diet:
  • Antioxidant-packed berries
  • Fiber-rich beans
  • Dark green vegetables, like kale and spinach
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts full of healthy fats
  • Juicy tomatoes
  • Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Royal Velvet, a natural super supplement with weight loss benefits
 
Health is an area where your support group can help you out – you don't need to face diabetes alone. Find a system of support and a regimen of exercise and nutrition, and you'll set yourself up for a long and healthy life.
 

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