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You are Diabetic- Now what?

Updated on January 21, 2014

If you are diabetic, there are a few things you should know.

Diabetes is a disease where the body has high levels of sugar. Teens, and adults can live perfectly normal lives if they have proper nutrition, and constantly check their levels of sugar at home. Many diabetics experience no symptoms until they have diabetes for a while. People can have Type 2 diabetes and not even know it.

Type 2 diabetes is a more common type of diabetes due to obesity, and problems with the body not being able to regulate the sugar in the body.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • loss of energy

Other not so common symptoms include:

  • Numbness of body- many diabetics have this due to lack of water in their system.
  • Problems with memory
  • problems focusing
  • Loss of time
  • Little to no energy at any time
  • Insomia or not being able to stay asleep

Diabetes is a life long disease that people can live with and have normal lives.

What you need to know.

If you have type 2 diabetes, you can live a perfectly normal life with simply following a diet, and exercising. Many people including older adults can live full lives while simply keeping track of their sugar every day and monitoring any changes. Many doctors will recommend adults with type 2 diabetes to take medicine if the body does not react well to the simple change in diet and exercise.

If you have diabetes, it is very important to check for the foods that can help you lower your sugar, and to stay away from the foods that can RAISE your sugar.

Foods such as:

  • Candy: chocolate and ice cream can affect your sugar levels.
  • Alcohol- not food, however, this can still shoot up your sugar level
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Carbs- these break down into sugar
  • pastas
  • sweetened fruits

Diabetics should have well-balanced meals that should include:

  • whole grain
  • low fat dairy products
  • dry fruits or unsweetened
  • vegetables and lots of them
  • chicken and
  • lean beef.

Being diabetic does not mean life stops, it just means that you have to take more care of yourself to prevent a tragedy.


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    • dinkan53 profile image

      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Some nice food suggestions here for diabetics. Good work. Yes diet is too important for your father as he is diabetic and having acid reflux. Voted your hub up and rated as useful.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Your welcome.

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      Jessica Rangel 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Thank you so much! My father is going through that right now. The biggest challenge so far is keeping his acid reflux calm. Thank you for your comment.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      My grandmother had diabetes and she was plump. She had to test her urine with the yellow strips and I think that she took pills for the disease. Great advice for the foods that a person with diabetes should eat.