Living With Diabetes

Learn to live with type 2 Diabetes (Carlos Garcia)

Welcome!

This page is designed for your personal education and benefit. Learn about type 2 Diabetes and how to live with this life changing disease.

Background

Type 2 Diabetes (the most common type of diabetes) occurs due to the denial of the insulin produced by the pancreas by the insulin receptors (insulin Resistance), which causes high blood sugar levels and little amounts of affective insulin to maintain homeostasis.

Dietary Recommendations

For a Diabetic, it is highly recommended to stay within healthy blood sugar levels. This can be very difficult if a Diabetic eats the wrong types of foods. Diabetics are recommended to eat food from all of the food groups, eat less calories, eat the same amount of carbohydrates in meals and snacks, and eat healthy fats in order to help maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Significance of Blood Sugar

A Diabetic's main goal is to maintain a healthy blood sugar level in order to survive. If they don't constantly test for blood sugar, Diabetics may attain too high or low blood sugar levels, which may lead to death. By testing for blood sugar, Diabetics can adjust their daily activities, diets, and also the amount of insulin or glucose in their body. Diabetics should carry a Diabetic kit on them wherever they go so they can prick their fingers (frequently used method of testing) and monitor their blood sugar level. A Diabetic kit may also contain insulin and glucose tablets or gel to quickly adjust critical blood sugar levels wherever they may be.

Recommended Exersise/Lifestyle Choices

Execise and daily fitness is very beneficial to all human beings, but it is crucial for a diabetic's survival. Even just going for daily walks or using the stairs instead of an elevator can help. Other exercises include Aerobics, strength training, and balance exercises. Staying fit can help lower blood sugar by using up good amounts of glucose.

Biomedical Professionals

Diabetes is a disease that requires lots of help from professionals. Three biomedical profesionals that can provide helpful information and treatment are listed below:


1. Endocrinologist- Endocinologists diagnose gland-related diseases and help restore normal hormone balance.


2. Dietician/Nutritionist- Dieticians and Nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition and they advise patients on what to eat in order to live a healthy life.


3. Opthamologist- Opthamologists diagnose and treat eye disorders. Diabetics can get eye disorders from Diabetes due to poor blood circulation.

Thank You

References

American Diabetes Association®. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://diabetes.org

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Diabetic Connect | Online Diabetes Community. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://diabeticconnect.com

National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://nlm.nih.gov