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Type 2 Diabetes Treatment - What to Do When You Have Been Diagnosed
Type 2 Diabetes Treatment - What Do I Do?
So, you have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Treatment is the obvious next step, as getting your diabetes under control quickly will be foremost on your doctor's mind.However, you on the other hand - well, most likely, you will still be in a state of shock about this new health development.
How did this happen to you, and what is type 2 diabetes anyway?
Is it as bad as they say it is, or is it worse than you know?
Here are some things to be aware of regarding this disease; what it is, what causes it and how to treat it.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
The pancreas is an organ in your body which produces the hormone insulin. Insulin processes glucose in the blood so that it can be used by the cells in your body for fuel.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas gets sluggish at producing insulin or your body cannot use insulin as effectively as it used to. In turn, this means that the cells in your body don't get the fuel they need to function properly.
Complications of Diabetes (if left unchecked):
- Kidney disease
- Nerve Damage
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Heart Disease
What Causes Type 2 Diabetes? How Did I Get It?
Diabetes is a disease that has a genetic component and can 'run' in families as can heart disease, high cholesterol and cancer. While there is nothing you can do to change this, there is no guarantee you will get it, only that the risk for you is higher than for other people.
Fortunately, most of the main factors increasing the risk of diabetes, are things that we have some control over.
Age (unfortunately cannot change this one)
High Blood Pressure
High Stress Levels
Bad diet and eating habits
Bad sleeping habits
In some respects diabetes is a disease greatly affected by your lifestyle.
Type 2 Diabetes Treatments - How Do I Get Better?
Once diagnosed, you will be working with a number of health professionals - checking your body in the areas of your eyes, kidneys etc to make sure there is no damage there and to treat anything of concern.
Getting support from a diet specialist will be top of your list and also enlisting help from your family will make your life-style changes a little easier. Changing your dietary habits is simple; doing it is the hard part.
In general, eating the types of foods your grandparents ate will be a great start. Avoid foods like sugar, salt and saturated fat, and target foods that release the 'sugar' into your blood stream slowly (low GI foods) - foods like brown rice, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
If you can lose even as little as 5 kg you can significantly help control your diabetes or even begin to reverse it's progress.
Another aspect of losing weight is incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Not only does this help you use excess blood sugar but it improves circulation, cardio-vascular fitness, muscle tone (in turn improving burn rate of fat), as well as having an anti-depressant effect. You can move more freely, feel stronger and just generally feel better within yourself. It also helps to relieve stress.
Next thing to do is reduce the stress levels in your life. Learn how to say 'no' and mean it. Find ways of giving yourself a recharging time-out, like a hobby that you enjoy, that takes you away from the stuff of everyday life.
If you have high blood pressure, get this treated. Usually medication can control this very well, but losing weight and reducing stress levels will help with this also.
Get a good night's sleep each night. Sleep helps the body heal; helps it to relax and restore the body's systems to a normal balance.
Oddly enough, living a healthy, active and happy lifestyle goes a long way to control and potentially reverse the diabetes. Perhaps living like this to begin with may have prevented the disease developing...
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Living With Type 2 Diabetes - Moving On
Once you get over the shock of finding out you have diabetes, and you learn how to manage your illness, you can get on with your life.
Are things the same?
Most people who control their diabetes say life is better than before. They don't take any day for granted.
The Type 2 Diabetes treatment has wrought a change in lifestyle and they are now reaping the positive results of their efforts.
Will it be easy?
Although the changes are simple - eat well, sleep well, exercise well, relax well, and generally enjoy life more, it is a matter of choosing to change elements that have become firmly established habits.
We as humans, are resistant to change even when it is good for us, and you may struggle to give up pleasures you want to keep, but it is a matter of exchanging one habit for another... for the sake of the rest of your life.
You will be surprised at finding new delights in taste and lifestyle, once you have taken that first step and begun your journey to a new and healthier you...