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The Road to Beating Type II Diabetes

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How Terrible!

You must be reading this because you have been diagnosed for Type II diabetes, which is a serious condition. In this condition, the insulin (insulin is a hormone) produced by your body is not the proper type for the body's cells to use. Thus, when your body tries to use up the glucose in your bloodstream, your cells cannot react, so the glucose builds up; this in turn leads to a deprivation in the amount of energy your body receives. In order to cope with this, you will need to change many habits of yours. Once you do however, life will feel like it's returned to normal, and you can once again conquer the day.

So... What's for Dinner?

Since your body can't properly utilize glucose, you will obviously have to adjust your diet. You should be majorly concerned with how many carbohydrates you digest, since those are composed of glucose and similar molecules. However, you will have to take insulin shots, so you will still eat carbs. So, what you will need to do is try to really limit the amount of foods you eat with starch, sugars or fiber. Also, when you eat a meal with carbs, it is highly advised that the meal is nutrient-rich, so you get the most out of your food. Don't worry though- from time to time, you can still enjoy a slice of cake if you manage your diet well, and you can still have a delicious meal such as the choices below.
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Do I have to be so careful? If you allow you blood sugar to drop noticeably lower than average, a condition known as hypoglycemia will occur. Symptoms can be as simple as irritability or as severe as unconsciousness. On the flip side, if you allow your blood sugar to elevate noticeably higher than average, a condition known as hyperglycemia will occur. Symptoms include a increase in thirst and urination along with fatigue, and over time weight loss will occur. Therefore it is essential to maintain and adjust your blood sugar levels.

Keep Those Feet Movin'

Well, you don't necessarily have to do that. However, you will need to keep active so your body makes valuable use of the glucose within your body. Keeping fit has also been shown to help better control diabetes, so by doing so you are improving the conditions by which you are living in. As far as activity goes, it can be anything that puts you in constant motion, though long sessions are preferred- basically, it doesn't matter what activities you perform within that context. Walking, table tennis, lifting weights- it all works. Just make sure you get enough exercise and you should be good.
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Help!

Still confused? Have some more questions? Here are a few professionals who can help you.


Endocrinologist

Endocrinologists excel in addressing problems concerning endrocrinal disorders, which diabetes is included under. Therefore, they should be experts in your condition and should also be, theoretically speaking, of paramount assistance.


Clinical Researcher

Clinical researchers are responsible for a variety of tasks, including the running of or assisting in running of an experiment or clinical trial and interpreting/analyzing data. Clinical researchers can be of great help as clinical trials can help identify the cause of a problem with a patient, such as a diabetic, and narrow down a solution.


Nutritionist

Nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition and are also responsible for advising dietary suggestions and options for people, of course including diabetics. In other words, a nutritionist can assist a diabetic by evaluating dietary options for them.

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That's It!

Good luck- now go face the world! You can do it!

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