Life With Type 2 Diabetes
Olivia Bonin and Hadley Dove, 7th Period PBS
Biological Background of Diabetes:
Recommendations For a Diabetic Diet:
- Cut down on junk food and all over-processed foods.
- Watch the amount of food consumed. Less is better.
- Eat more foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Eat less simple sugars.
- Whole grains. fruit, non-fat dairy, beans, low-fat meat, poultry, fish, dark leafy vegetables, citrus, sweet potatoes, berries, tomato, nuts, and yogurt are all smart choices.
- Eat nutrient-rich food to get all the necessary nutrients in the least total amount of food possible.
- Drink a lot of water and avoid sugary drinks like soda.
Role of Blood Sugar Monitoring and Adjustment:
The A1C test is the most frequently used test for diabetes. It is taken every few months to see how well the person has been handling their diabetes. The test is done in a lab where they draw blood and measure how much excess sugar has built up on the hemoglobin. If the results report a high level of sugar build-up, that is bad and unhealthy.
Recommendations for Exercise and Lifestyle:
Be careful when going to restaurants, and try to make the safest choices possible. Stay around people who know how to support and care for you in case of emergency.
Biomedical Professionals Involved in the Treatment of Diabetes:
- Nutritionist - Maintaining a healthy balanced diet is very important. Nutritionists aid diabetics in creating a diet plan that meets their needs. They teach them how to follow diets, avoid dangerous meals, and lose weight.
- Endocrinologist - They diagnose and treat hormone imbalances. Diabetes is the most common disorder of the endocrine system. Their job is to treat diabetics with blood-sugar reducing medications, mainly insulin.
- Psychologist - They work with diabetics to promote healthy behavior as well as treating and diagnosing any psychological disorders that come as a side affect of the disease. Diabetics commonly experience stress and depression that can make diabetes worse.