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Fighting Diabetes In Your Family

Updated on November 21, 2014
Fighting Diabetes
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Affects of Diabetes

Diabetes affects over 29.1 million people, it's the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetes was listed as the primary cause of kidney failure in 44% of all new cases in 2011, satistics conducted by ADA. A family history of diabetes can play a major part in a person developing diabetes as they grow older. Your diet, exercise routine, and overall daily living can be the cause of diabetes. My father was diagnosed with adult- onset diabetes he drastically changed his eating habbits, and exercise routine. With a healthy diet and taken medication properly his diabetes is now under control. There are several signs look for in detecting diabetes, my father complained of the following symptoms:

  • Weight loss
  • Feeling excessively thristy
  • Tiredness-Weak
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent urination
  • A cut that takes longer to heal
  • Pain, tingling, and numbness in feet or hands


National Diabetes Assoc.

What is Diabetes? National Diabetes Education Program

Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by highlevels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the diease and lower the risk of complications, National Diabetes Education Program.

Visits with your doctor will help you stay healthy, as well as, committing to a regular exercise routine and maintaing a healthy diet. Never skip medications or stop using them, consult with your doctor if you are having side effects with your medication.

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

— Joyce Meyer

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Diabetes and your life

Overtime, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. A blood test can show if you have diabetes. Exercise, weight control, and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes.Modest weight loss proved effective in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes in all groups at high risk for the disease.

NIH & Digestive and Kidney Disease.


What are the best options for controling your diabetes?

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ADA

Blood Glucose Testing
Checking Your Blood Glucose
Explore: Blood Glucose Testing
Blood glucose (blood sugar) is an essential measure of your health
Keep a daily log and help your healthcare provider assess your diabetes treatment plan
Dawn Phenomenon is a surge of hormones that the body produces daily 4am-5am
Monitor your blood sugar levels daily (as perscribed by your doctor)
A1C and eAG can provide an overall pictures of how well you're managing your diabetes
Start testing for keystones a warning sign that your diabetes is getting out of control
This helps you prevent serious complications and feel better
Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose) must be treated as soon as possible
Find out from your doctor if this regimen is right for you
Monitoring your blood sugar levels

Diabetes: Fat & Diabetes

A Healthy Diet

  • To reduce your risk in diabetic complications you need to cut back on carbohydrates, eat lean protein, eat more produce. Listed are several foods that will help maintain proper blood sugar levels.
  • Apples- low calories, high fibre content
  • Sweet potatoes- baked, help reduce insulin resistance
  • Broccoli- full of antioxidants
  • Avocado- help control blood sugar levels
  • Barley- Can help control and reduce the rise of blood sugar

Talk to your doctor about diabetes
Talk to your doctor about diabetes | Source

Help A Love One

This is a major federally funded study of 3,234 people at high risk for diabetes, showed that people can delay and possibly prevent the diease by losing a small amount of weight (5 to 7 percent of total body weight). This can be done by exercising 30 minutes a day 5 days a week and healthier eating. To help prevent hypoglycemia during physical activity, check your blood glucose before you exercise. Contact your doctor before starting any exercise program.

There is a lot to learn about how people can live well with diabetes. Use what you have learned to help your love one manage his or her diabetes by :

  • Helping a love one cope with diabetes begin with talking
  • Ask your love one to teach you about how he or she is managing diabetes
  • Join a support group online or in person (ask your doctor)
  • Read about diabetes online at yourdiabetesinfo.org
  • Ask your love one's doctor how you can learn more about diabetes

Health is not valued till sickness comes

— Thomas Fuller

Reference

The Diabetes Prevention Program & CDC. National Diabetes Education Program & ADA. NIH & Digestive and Kidney Disease


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    • PinoyMom profile image

      Shiela Gerona 2 years ago from Philippines

      I will try that. I will cut my carbohydrates intake and eat more fruits and vegetables. I'll follow your tips.

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      Success In Life 2 years ago from U.S.

      Thank you for sharing your story. I had the same problem, I love sweets. I started to buy more fruits and making fruit salads my children enjoy helping me make the salads, an we top it with whip cream. So when ever you crave a sweet try a fruit salad!

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      Shiela Gerona 2 years ago from Philippines

      My grandmother have Diabetes. She love sweets and chocolates. Her big toe was amputated. It took time before she recovered. She is lucky for overcoming that disease. Although she is not totally fine, she controls her carbohydrates intake like rice and breads. I love sweets too and I need to control myself.

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      Success In Life 2 years ago from U.S.

      Billy, I just hope to help someone that may be afraid to see a doctor about their symptoms.

      Thanks for the support

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And it's on the increase, isn't it? Articles like this one are vitally important in that they raise awareness. If you can help just one person with this article then it is a great article. :)