Type 2 Diabetes

Everything you need to know about Type 2

Background

Diabetes mellitus type 2 is a metabolic disorder that is characterizes by hyperglycemia in the context of insulin resistance and relative lack of insulin. This is in contrast to diabetes mellitus type 1, in which there is an absolute lack of insulin due to the break down of islet cells on the pancreas.

Recomendation on diet

When you have Type 2 you should take time planning your meals, this goes a long way forward controlling your blood sugar and weight . Your main focus is on keeping your blood sugar(glucose) level in your target range. To help manage your blood sugar, follow a meal plan that has : Food from all the food groups, fewer calories, about the same amount of carbohydrates at each meal and snack, and healthy fats. Limit your intake of fatty foods and sweets.

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Role of blood sugar monitoring

When you live with Diabetes type 2, monitoring you blood sugar becomes part of your normal routine. The reason behind the necessity of doing so is lifesaving. Even if you are keeping a good diet and exercise program in an effort to prevent your condition from worsening, there is no guarantee that your glucose level are always where they should be. Stress and illness are factors that can send your blood sugars out of control as well.

Type 2 Diabetes and Excersise Recomendation

Exercise is one of the best things you can do if you have diabetes. The benefits include:

-Helps your body use insulin

-Strengthens muscles and bones

-Lowers blood pressure


Make sure if you have type 2 diabetes you are getting at least 30min of physical activity each day.

Life Style choices

When you have type 2 diabetes its important to stay on a diet, manage your weight, excersise, and improve your sleeping patterns. The goal of treatment at first is to lower your high blood glucose levels. Long-term goals are to prevent problems from diabetes.

The most important way to treat and manage type 2 diabetes is activity and nutrition.

LEARN THESE SKILLS

Learning diabetes management skills will help you live well with diabetes. These skills help prevent health problems and the need for medical care. Skills include:

  • How to test and record your blood glucose
  • What to eat and when
  • How to take medications, if needed
  • How to recognize and treat low and high blood sugar
  • How to handle sick days
  • Where to buy diabetes supplies and how to store them

It may take several months to learn these skills. Keep learning about diabetes, its complications, and how to control and live with the disease. Stay up-to-date on new research and treatments.

Proffessions that could help a diabetic

Feeling better, staying active, eating well, reducing your reliance on medication...to reach your goals, you need support every step of the way. Finding the right team of skilled health professionals will help you manage your diabetes and get the most out of the healthcare system. Ask your primary diabetes doctor (internist, family practice doctor, or endocrinologist) to help you build a team near his or her office, so you have easy access to the care you need.