Daily Life with Type 2 Diabetes

Catherine Petet and Michaela Brooks

General Background

With either type one or two your body doesn't have a sufficient insulin level in the blood stream. When you are diagnosed with type two, your pancreas will be reliable at birth. Yet later on in life your sugar levels in the blood stream can rise too high. This will result in the pancreas making too much insulin, overworking and tiring it out. Then it can no longer produce enough insulin to make you and your cells lively and function properly.

This can be known as Insulin Resistance

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So what happens next?

Diabetic Diets are OKAY

When you are diagnosed it is important to maintain a good diet, especially for better health in the long run. So what do you eat? It is important to watch your blood sugar levels and check if they get too high or too low. Eating regular meals, with a healthy amount of carbohydrates. Try to cut down on the consumtion of fat and replace it with fiber intake.
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OR to put in a plate perspective

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SMBG or Self Monitoring of Blood Sugar

Monitioring blood sugar levels is very important to keep specific glycogen level in the body. SMBG can help diabetes with facilitating an individuale blood glucose profile which will guide their health care professionals in treatment of their diabetes. Can help with people living day to day diabetes make appropriate everyday treatment choices following diet and working out plus insulin etc. FInally it can help with things like improving recognition of hypoglycemua and/or hperglycemia, and enhancing the knowledge of the lifestyle and pharmaceutical interventon on glycemic controls.
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Biomedical Professionals that can help you

Certified diabetic educator (CDE): Health Professional who has comprhensce knowledge in prediabetes, diabetes prevention, and how to manage it. A CDE will educate and support people with diabetes to help them understand and manage their condition.

Endocrinologist : Your physician is who you will go to when you or a family memeber feel sick or "not normal". Sometimes that doctor will be trained in the diabetic field naming them Endocrinologists. They can help you with not only diagnosing, but leading you down the right path.

Nutritionist or Dietician: They will evalutate your nutritional need and provide counsiing and advice. Will vreat a clinical nutrition plan just for you and make sure your blood levels and stable. A Nutritionist will go in debth on the education of your diet.

Exercise and Lifestyle Options

With type 2 diabetes it a major thing to start getting into exercising to just feel better about yourself and feel better about your disorder. The main thing is to ease into to the workout so maybe starting with 10 minutes of easy workouts. Then as they start to become easier, try going for 20 minutes and so on. When doing these exercises make sure that it fits you, if that means 20 jumping jacks, do 20 jumping jacks.This could help the diabetes condition by making your heart rate go up, lowers your blood glucose levels, allows your cells to take up glucose and use it for energy whether insulin is available or not. If the workout is over 1 hour make sure to check your blood sugar regularly just in case it gets low and you need to grab a healthy snack. Also before starting to exercise make sure your doctor has said it is ok before doing anything that might hurt your body. Not just could this help you but it also can change your lifestyle in a way because when starting to exercise and eat better you will notice a change in your life. Things such as weight loss, eating the right foods everyday, and just make you a happier person just for yourself and the people around you.


What are several ways the life of someone with diabetes is impacted by this disorder?

Physically is a change in diet, manage blood sugar by monitoring, counting carbs, etc. Mentally will make you probably start having mood swings, cravings of different foods.

Is type 1 and type 2 the same or different?

Type 1 diabetes means having no insulin produced at all. Type 2 means having insulin resistance, in other words The diminished ability of cells to respond to the action of insulin in transporting glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into muscle and other tissues.

What is the current treatment for someone with type 2 diabetes?

There is no set cure for diabetes but treating it could mean doing things that will better yourself like going on a diabetic diet/ weight loss/ watching the food your eat and other things along with that. Treating could also mean taking what the doctor prescribed because if not the diabetes could happen to get worse.

What are the short and long term complications of someone with diabetes?

Long and short term complications can affect a lot of the parts in your body. Short term could be having hyperglycemia or diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) which affects the insulin flow into the body. Long term could be any short term complications that end up affecting a body organ. All complications can become better by just taking care of yourself.