Lets Talk Type 2 Diabetes

What can you do to live a healthy life even with diabetes?


Diabetes is nothing to be ashamed or scared of. Having diabetes basically just means that you aren't getting energy to your cells. I know when you probably first heard your doctor tell you, you had type 1 or type 2 diabetes, your first thoughts were most likely, am I going to die or how did this happen and is there anything I could've done to prevent this. Well this site will first explain what type 2 diabetes is so it gives you a better understanding of what is happening in your body, then give you tips and feedback on what you can do to still live a long healthy life even with diabetes.

General Information on Diabetes

So you're probably asking yourself how did this happen? Well diabetes is just a malfunction in your body that is caused when a normal interaction between glucose and insulin in your body is not happening. First off, glucose is a simple sugar that is an important energy source in living organisms and insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. When a normal interaction between glucose and insulin is occurring, your pancreas is producing insulin which travels with glucose through the blood stream to the insulin receptor and the glucose transport protein outside the cell membrane. Once the insulin reaches the insulin receptor, it unlocks the glucose transport protein which is also referred to as "the door". Once "the door" is opened, it allows the glucose to enter and give your cells the energy they need to preform their normal functions.

Type 2 Diabetes Explained

You currently have Type 2 diabetes. This is caused when your pancreas in producing insulin but it does not fit into the insulin receptor to open "the door" and allow the glucose into your cells. This probably caused your body to show symptoms of tiredness, frequent urination because of excessive amounts of glucose in the urine, and you probably found yourself not being able to preform daily activities as well.

Diabetic Diet

Diabetics have to take extra care of their bodies and make sure their food is balanced with insulin and excersize to help manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels. When you buy food, you need to make sure the serving size fits with your meal plan. Diabetics should buy food that is low in sugar, salt and fat content. To prevent other diseases such as heart disease, you should stay away from saturated and trans fats. This would be like all your fast foods and things like that. As a diabetic, eating foods like nuts, seeds and food made using olive oil is good to help protect your heart from low cholesterol. To help keep your food intake balanced and make sure you are eating things you are supposed to, you can keep track of what you eat in a chart or journal.
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Monitoring your Blood Glucose (Sugar) Levels

You should check your blood glucose (sugar) level everyday at least 5 times a day; once before breakfast, before dinner and any snack that you may have, two hours after every meal, and at bedtime. Your results should be recorded in a log so you can show your physician, and determine if you have a good picture of your body's response to your diabetes care plan. To record these results you could also use an online tool at the website mentioned below.

Now you're probably asking yourself how you would check or test your blood glucose (sugar) level. Well you should test this with a device called Glucose Meter which measures your blood glucose level with just a drop of your blood.

At least 5 times a day you would:

1. Wash your hands, then insert a test strip into your meter

2. Use your lancing device on the side of your fingertip to get a drop of blood

3. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the meter, and wait for the result.

4. Your blood glucose level will appear on the meter's display.

Now your probably wondering, well do these numbers mean? This number just represents how food, activity and stress affect your blood glucose. There are certain ranges that represent the normal blood glucose of a diabetic. If your glucose level is too high or too low for several days in a row, it might be time to change your plan. If this happens, talk to your doctor to figure out what these results mean for you. Don't let these numbers cause you to be confused, angry, or upset. This is just a way to track how well your diabetes plan is working.

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This is the Glucose Meter that tests the level of glucose in your blood.
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This shows the normal ranges of blood glucose of a diabetic. Remember to talk to your doctor is your glucose levels are too far below or above the normal range.

How Should Diabetics Exercise

Regularly exercising is important for everyone, but it is especially important for people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes. If you stay fit and active throughput your life, you'll be able to better control your diabetes and keep your blood glucose level in the correct range. Controlling this is essential to preventing long-term complications such as nerve pain and kidney disease. People with type 2 diabetes have too much glucose in their blood and in this case, exercise needs to be on your daily to-do list! First make a list of fun activities such as fun sports, maybe dancing, walking, or even yoga to help you stay active. Then you should get your doctor's OK. Make sure to let them know your ideas so they can make sure you're ready for it. Always check your glucose levels during your workout, so you'll know if you need a quick snack. You should also strength train at least twice a week because it improves your blood sugar control. You can lift weights, work with resistance bands, do things like push-ups, squats and lunges.

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Lifestyle Choices of Diabetics

Healthy food and regular exercise can help keep type 2 diabetes from ruining your future.

-You should maintain or return to a healthy body weight. Obesity is one the leading risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

-You should also focus mostly on fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of fruits and veggies every day may help with your glucose levels.

-You need to cut out the sugary drinks!

-Get at least 45 minutes of exercise a day. This has a beneficial effect on glucose and insulin levels in the blood.

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Three Proffesions Helpful to Diabetics

Endocrinologist- focuses primarily on the endocrine organs, the organs in which may cause a "hormone imbalance", which can lead to conditions and serious diseases, one of which is diabetes. Endocrinologists can help with your diabetes by prescribing insulin and/or medications, offering diet plans and helping you to keep a close watch on your blood glucose levels.

Ophthalmologist- can often detect systematic diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, and cancer through examination of the eyes. Also, most of the time it is the ophthalmologist who first discovers that a person has diabetes through changes in the retina of the eye.

Primary Care Physician- a physician who provides both the first contact for a person with a non-diagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of varied medical conditions, not limited by cause, organ system, or diagnosis.

Type 2 diabetes Documentary

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