Being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes can be devastating. It can feel like it is overturning your entire life. But there are ways you can take control of your life back. There are ways you can manage diabetes. Here are some of the most effective.
Take Your Medicine
There are a large number of medications used to treat diabetes, but they only work if they get used. Discuss with you doctor about what he will prescribe. You can even disagree and ask for alternatives, but never change your medications on your own. There can be serious side-effects from that and your doctor can help you manage those.
While insulin is probably the most well-known medication for diabetes, there are a number of others, some taken orally, like metformin, and others through regular injections, like Victoza. In addition to the paperwork your doctor or pharmacist provides, you can do research on your own about how these work and what possible side-effects exist. Be informed!
Take Off the Weight
Being overweight can contribute to getting diabetes. Losing weight can help control it. Don’t be too concerned with reaching a certain target weight. While that’s a good goal, losing even a few pounds can have an effect on insulin resistance. You should also know that some fat is worse than others. Belly fat has a greater impact on blood sugar levels, so work to reduce that as much as you can.
Another healthy habit is to change your diet. Minimize processed sugar, in fact all processed food, and emphasize whole foods and grains. Increase the amount of natural fiber in your meals. Avoid starchy vegetables and fried food. Some dietitians recommend avoiding special ‘diabetes friendly’ foods.
Talk with your doctor about having a dietitian work with you to plan your meals and improve your diet. They will have access to your medical data and be able to address your specific circumstances. Much better than just picking up a book on the subject.
Actually, you don’t need to pump iron at the gym every day. Just getting out a few times a week for a walk or bike ride can make a real improvement. Exercise pulls glucose out of the bloodstream and stores it in the cells, controlling your blood sugar level. Just like losing weight, every little bit counts.
Sure, it would be great if you ran a dozen miles a week and lifted weights, but if you can’t make that happen, don’t be discouraged. Just a couple of hours a week walking is better than those same hours spent sitting. Increase your activity levels slowly if you need to, and as you do you will find more energy to do even more.
Check for Other Problems
Many other health problems can have an effect on diabetes, or even contribute to you developing it. And diabetes can do the same for other conditions. For example, having diabetes makes you more likely to be overweight, and being overweight makes you more likely to develop diabetes. Another one is sleep apnea. It can cause weight gain and contributes to getting diabetes, and obesity and diabetes both make it more likely you will develop sleep apnea.
Work with your doctor to see if there are any other health problems that need to be addressed to help make your diabetes more manageable. Just as having these conditions make others more likely, treating them decreases the impact on the others. Treating sleep apnea may help you lose weight!
Don’t Stress Out
Your body reacts to stress by producing a ‘fight or flight’ response. It prepares you to either fight against something or to run away from it. Both of these require more energy, so the bloodstream is flooded with glucose, raising the blood sugar level. If you are under stress frequently, or worse yet constantly, your diabetes may be made worse by these reactions. Find ways to reduce the stress in your life. If you can’t remove the source, use methods of coping with stress like meditation, light exercise, or stretching.
There are many other ways to manage different aspects of type 2 diabetes. Look into ones that fit your lifestyle and circumstance. And don’t try to do it all without help. Enlist friends and family to support you and assist you.
Consult with specialists like your doctor, a nutritionist for diet, or a physical trainer for exercise. related to their feet, gums, and eyes. Be sure you find and consult with podiatrists, dentists, and ophthalmologists. Form a team to supply advice, expertise, motivation, and emotional support. Diabetes isn’t fair, so don’t think you have to fight fair to manage it. Don’t let it push you around. Team up on it and teach it who’s boss.
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