Type 2 Diabetes

By: Reyna Harris Period 7

Background on the biology of Type 2 Diabetes

¨Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease where your body does not utilize the insulin provided by the pancreas effectively. When insulin is released by the pancreas it lowers your blood sugar. But in this case the body is insulin resistant.

Diabetic diet recommendations

Type 2 diabetics shouldn't eat foods that contain a lot sugar due to pre-existing blood glucose build up. Diabetics should consume about 45- 60% of carbohydrates on their daily calories. The people with diabetes should monitor their carbohydrate intake by keeping a food log. Fats should 25-30% of your daily calories. And diabetics need to limit their intake on saturated fats. Lastly, proteins should count for 12-20% of their daily calories. Although this number could vary due to patients medical history.

Role of Blood Sugar Monitoring

Why should I monitor my blood sugar? Patients with diabetes need to monitor there blood glucose levels so that they can prevent diabetes symptoms and maybe even future health problems. If you monitor you blood sugar levels frequently then you gain a more in depth understanding about how much sugar is in the foods that you eat. Lastly, when you monitor your blood sugar levels you can be more aware about what your body needs and what it does not need.

Recommendations for Excerise

When you have diabetes it is very important that they stay fit by exercising. Patients could go running/jogging, walking, bicycling, or even working on their yard. Researchers have found that patients who exercise regularly have lower blood glucose levels and more energy. Staying fit is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

Helpful Advisorses

When people have diabetes it is important to get help. Patients could go see primary care physicians, nutrionist/dietician, and even a certified diabetic educator also know as a CDE. The people could help educate patients more on Type 2 diabetes. Seeking help from these leaders could lead you in a very bright direction.