It can be a relief to get a diagnosis but also a shock to learn that it is diabetes. Your own personal experience plays an important role in how you react to your diabetes and cope with it. Many of you will know someone who has had or has had diabetes. How they coped or not will influence how you feel. People who have managed to cope with diabetes will be positive role models for you. On the other hand, those who have had a bad experience of diabetes can make you feel more scared.
The good news is that you do not have to be part of the diabetes epidemic. To avoid becoming a lugubrious statistic, you just need to make some lifestyle changes and be aware of your day-to-day habits. In fact, the mere fact of being healthier 14,15 can reduce the risk of diabetes! As I explain in my new book, Effortlessly Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Avoid Illness, Lose Weight and Help Your Body Rebuild, Your Healing Plan rison is in your hands.
It is important to try to follow as healthy a lifestyle as possible if you are diabetic. This can help control your glucose levels and reduce the risk of developing complications. See if there are any type 2 diabetes education courses in your community - they are often run by local health authorities. These classes are designed to help you learn how to manage your diabetes and how to monitor your blood sugar levels yourself.
Losing weight. The loss of only 7% to 10% of your weight can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by half. Be active. Moving muscles use insulin. Thirty minutes of brisk walking a day will reduce your risk by almost a third. Eat well. Avoid highly processed carbohydrates, sweetened beverages, and trans and saturated fats. Limit red and processed meats. Stop smoking. Work with your doctor to avoid gaining weight, so that you do not create a problem by solving another.
You will usually be offered an exam every three or four months to make sure your glymia is under control. Your doctor may suggest that you routinely perform blood tests for glycosylated hemoglobin HbA1C. HbA1C is a measure of how well you control your blood glucose level. The test involves taking blood from a vein in your arm or sometimes a drop of blood from your finger. You should also have regular eye exams, dental exams, foot checks, cholesterol tests, and blood pressure checks.
This can lead to a condition called hyperosmolar hyperglycemia. If this happens, you can become very dehydrated and lose consciousness. Although the risk of this disease is low, it is a medical emergency and you will have to be treated at the hospital. Your blood glucose level may become too weak hypoglycaemia if you do not eat enough carbohydrates when taking insulin or special medications called sulfonylureas eg, gliclazide.
Type 2 diabetes is also associated with other conditions such as high blood pressure and increased levels of cholesterol and blood lipids. So why does type 2 diabetes occur? Type 2 diabetes is precipitated by a number of lifestyle factors, including: Important: Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease! By the time a person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, they have probably had the condition for 7 - 10 years!.
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