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If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, a simple change in lifestyle may dramatically improve your well-being. A very important element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to balance nutrition and regular exercise. A balanced diet is fundamental to any healthy lifestyle, but more so for folks with diabetes. You do not require any special foods, but it is recommended to eat food low in salt and fat and high in fiber, such as fruit, vegetables, and beans. Remember to incorporate items from all food groups in your diet, including dairy products, proteins, and grains as well. For help in creating a dietary plan with healthy recipes that also taste great, contact your doctor or dietitian. In conjunction with good nutrition, exercise is a great complement to your nutrition plan to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to improve the control of diabetes. By exercising, the body makes insulin more effective in lowering blood sugar levels, and exercise helps strengthen the lungs, heart, and blood vessels. Exercise provides you with more energy and helps mitigate weight gain, dramatically improving your overall condition.If you have diabetes mellitus, you should contact your doctor before beginning an exercise program, and take precautions to ensure your safety during physical activity: wear a tag that says you have diabetes, carry a snack in case of low blood sugar, avoid exercise if blood sugar levels exceed 300 mg/dL, and discuss with your physician or diabetes educator the best way to use insulin before exercising, in order to avoid severe low blood sugar.About the Author: Dr. Victor L. Roberts established Endocrine Associates of Florida, P.A., in 1988, in Central Florida with the intention of empowering patients with diabetes to learn how to handle their disease and to live a healthy lifestyle.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Victor Lawrence Roberts has treated patients with diabetes, thyroid disorders, and metabolic conditions. In 1988, Dr. Roberts founded Endocrine Associates of Florida, P.A. In his new Lake Mary, Florida office he offers state-of-the-art technology, including the latest blood sugar monitoring devices and insulin pump programs, a professional team including nurse practitioners and support staff, nutritional counseling, and expert care. A certified diabetes educator, Dr. Victor L. Roberts is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM, subspecialty of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism.Dr Roberts served as a Principal Investigator for 22 years, most recently Endocrine Clinical Research in Winter Park, Florida. In this capacity, he conducted clinical research for numerous pharmaceuticals produced by major companies such as Pfizer Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novo Nordisk A/S, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. He has also written articles and abstract on gestational diabetes, blood-glucose monitors, diabetic foot complications and other topics. A bilingual physician, Dr. Roberts has completed similar articles written and published in Spanish.As an educator, Dr. Victor Roberts has served as a volunteer Clinical Instructor in the Departments of Medicine at The University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. Currently, academic volunteer faculty appointments include Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Clinical Sciences, Florida State University College of Medicine. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida. At the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, he is a member of the prestigious Dean’s Aesculapian Society.Dr. Victor Roberts also holds board certification with the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr. Roberts is a member of the Central Florida Medical Reserve Corps (deployed in the event of a natural or man-made disaster) and fellowship status with the American College of Endocrinology, the American Institute for Healthcare Quality, and the American College of Physicians.