Debriefing Diabetes

by: Jaden Thomas

Info you should know

Diabetes is a disease that has impacted numerous amounts of people around the world, fortunately there are only two types making the study of this disease extravagant. The rarest diabetes is Type 1, only 5% of all people who have diabetes are diagnosed with Type 1. Most commonly you are born with Type 1 but in some cases you can get it at an older age. In Type 1 your body has not produced any insulin to allow glucose to get into the cell. The other form of diabetes is known as Type 2, Type 2 is he most common diabetes because we cause by eating too much, not enough exercise, etc. Once diagnosed with Type 2 your body still has insulin opposed to Type 1, but the insulin does not work and can't help with bodily functions.
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Prefered Diet

Diets are one the most important parts of diabetes, what you eat determines how you feel. Breads, Grains, and other starches help make up a healthy and unhealthy diet. Some of the best choices of this category are listed below along with bad choices.

Good Choices

  • Whole-grain flours, such as whole wheat flour
  • Whole-grain bread
  • Corn, popcorn or products made from corn
  • Whole-grain flour or corn tortillas
Bad Choices

  • Cereals with lots of sugar
  • French Fries
  • White Bread
  • Fried white-flour tortillas

As for vegetables: Vegetables contain fiber and are low in fat and sodium.

Good Choices

  • Frozen vegetables
  • Lettuces
Bad Choices

  • Canned vegetables
  • Pickles, unless you limit the sodium
  • Sauerkraut, unless you limit the sodium
Fruits: Contain carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Good Choices

  • Frozen fruit
  • Canned Fruit
  • Fresh Fruit
  • 100% Fruit Juice
Bad Choices

  • Jam
  • Fruit Rolls
  • Fruit Punch
  • Sweet-end applesauce

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Monitoring and Adjusting Blood Sugar Levels

Monitoring your blood sugar levels is a key role to living a healthy life with diabetes. Many people test their blood sugar with a blood glucose meter. The target range with Type 2 Diabetes before a meal is 70-130 mg/dl, after eating the range should be less than 180 mg/dl. If you are excising and taking insulin shots your level should be at least 100 mg/dl. If you blood sugar is below 70 mg/dl you must eat or drink something high in sugar that can get in the blood stream quickly then wait around 10 minutes and check your blood sugar again using the blood glucose meter. If your blood sugar goes above 130 mg/dl drink water and stay hydrated, exercising is a good way to bring down your blood sugar levels or eat something containing protein.
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Recommended Exercise

Along with eating healthy staying is also very important, just because you are diagnosed with diabetes doesn't mean your lazy. Motivation to get better and finding time are some of the hardest challenges to overcome with diabetes. You should exercise daily whether its intense aerobic exercise 5 days a week to going to a gym.

  • Playing tennis
  • Stair climbing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Hiking
If you don't want to do that there is strength training which includes the following:

  • Weight machines or free weights at the gym
  • Using resistance bands
  • Lifting light weights or objects like canned goods or water bottles at home
  • push ups, sit ups, squats, lunges, wall-sits and planks

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Recommended Lifestyle Choices

The way you live your life determines if you even get diabetes. The fat and lazy person is more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes rather than a athletic and fit person. Having the motivation to eat right and exercise as often as you can will be a major help in dealing with diabetes. It can be as little as eating the wheat bread rather than the white bread.
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Importance of staying fit

Lack of exercising may make your disease worse or more complicated to handle. Staying healthy while diagnosed with diabetes is crucial to the surviving of a diabetic. If do not stay fit you may undergo many symptoms of hyperglycemia, which include dizziness, confusion, and can occasionally cause you to pass out.
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Jobs To Help With Diabetics

Psychologist: Study emotional, social, processes and how we behavior by recording how our human behavior is around others and the real world environment.

Nutritionist: This profession requires expertise in food and advise people to eat to stay healthy and fit to achieve a specific goal. This professional helps with diabetes by providing the healthy diet that keeps all nutrition balanced and keep normal glucose levels.

Endocrinologist: Endocrinologists are physicians who specialize in the function of glands that produce and release hormones into the bloodstream that coordinate bodily processes ranging from metabolism to cell growth. Endocrinologists are the professionals that monitor and help keep stable levels of glucose in the bloodstream.

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Diabetic Food List: Best and Worst Choices (n.d.)

What should my Blood Sugar Levels Be? (n.d.)

What We Recommend: American Diabetes Association (n.d.)

Staying Motivated: American Diabetes Association

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