A Day in the Life of a Diabetic

Type 2 Diabetes

Background Information

Type 2 Diabetes is when the body does not use insulin properly, also known as insulin resistance. At first, the body makes extra insulin, but overtime it isn't able to produce enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.
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Diabetic Diet Recommendations

Supercharge your meal plan with foods full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Foods like this are beans, dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, berries, tomatoes, fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, nuts, and fat-free milk and yogurt. You should plan before you shop, count calories, eat high-fiber foods, take enough insulin, and take 30 minute walks after eating, too.

Monitoring and Adjusting Blood Sugar

You should test before meals, mainly before breakfast and get a glucometer. Also, if you are sick or stressed, you need to test yourself more often, about 4 times a day, and report the results to your doctor.
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Exercise Recommendations

You should exercise for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise spread out at least 3 days during the week, with no more than 2 consecutive days between bouts of aerobic activity. Taking 30 minute walks after a meal will, also, help burn extra glucose from a meal.
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Three Biomedical Professionals

An endocrinologist is a doctor with special training and experience in treating people with diabetes. An ophthalmologist looks at your eyes, since diabetes can affect blood vessels in the eyes. A podiatrist is trained to treat feet and problems of the lower legs, and diabetes can cause nerve damage in extremities.