Living With Type 2 Diabetes

Michaela Lowe

What is Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is caused when the body does not produce enough insulin. Insulin is needed to regulate glucose. Type 2 can be life threatening. It is a genetic disease and it is the most common of the two types. It is not treatable but it is manageable. The right medications food and exercise can keep it under control.

Medication

Now that you have learned about your type 2 diabetes, you are going to have to change your lifestyle. For starters, you will have to start taking Insulin for your diabetes. The dosage can vary from person to person so make sure to talk to your doctor about the right amount. It has to be taken before every meal because glucose is highest after every meal.



Daily Meals

Because of your diabetes, the food choices you make are very important. The meals should be balanced. It should consists of fruits, vegetables, and a balance of starches, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. To help balance all of your food options, a food diary can be useful.


Exercise

Exercise is important for diabetics. Keeping in shape is beneficial for your health. Exercise will improve your body's response to insulin if you exercise daily. The amount of exercise needed is different from person to person. To get more information about the right amount of exercise you need you should talk to your doctor.


Blood Sugar Monitoring

Along with the exercise, medications, and dieting, blood sugar testing is another thing you will have to do to keep you aware of your health. Testing your blood will tell you give you more information on what you need to improve on. By testing your blood regularly you will be able to tell what sugars are high and which ones are low and need to be raised. Testing your blood is another thing that will make your life easier. This is important information for your health and fitness.


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