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Ten Tips to Improve Health in Five Minutes a Day

Raise your hand if you find yourself saying, “I’m just too busy” or “I don’t have time!” We’re a busy bunch, that’s for sure, and there never seems to be enough time. If only there were more than 24 hours in a day.

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Feeling a time crunch can also impact your health and affect the way you take care of your diabetes. It’s a fact that managing diabetes, on top of doing everything else that life throws your way, can stretch your schedule to its limits. On the other hand, you’d be surprised at the small but meaningful things you can do in a matter of minutes to improve your health, make you feel better, and maybe even help your diabetes, all at the same time.

Know your numbers

I’ve written about this before, but it’s worth repeating: Make sure you know what your A1C, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and microalbumin “numbers” are. In fact, know two things about these numbers — what they are, and what they should be. If you’re not sure about either of these, call up your doctor (or e-mail, if that’s an option) and ask for them or request that they be sent to you. Keep a record of the numbers so that you’ll see how you’re doing over time.

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