What to do about Your Type II Diabetes?
Type II Diabetes
Type II diabetes is becoming a lot more prevalent in our world today because of the fast food/fat food that everyone is consuming more of. Everybody knows, obesity kills. Why do people still over eat? Thats a good question..food just tastes so good.
According to the cdc.gov there are 29.1 million people in just the US that have type II diabetes. This is an outrageous number that can easily be controlled by the person themselves. It takes a lot of self control to keep yourself from being diagnosed with this especially if it runs in your family.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Type II Diabetes, this is when your body makes little insulin that is not enough to keep your blood glucose levels normal. So with insufficient insulin levels, your blood glucose increases causing what's called, hyperglycemia.
Now, onto ways to control type II diabetes. The first recommendation is to control it with your diet. This means changing your diet by what you eat and how much you eat. This may be challenging at first, but with time it can be accomplished. Most Type II diabetics can become "undiagnosed" simply by losing weight. This means eating healthy and exercising.
Lets get into what you should be eating. Eat a variety of foods which include: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, non-fat dairy, lean meats, and healthy fats. The important part to remember is to eat a variety of foods, not just one main food group.The hardest part is trying not to eat too much food. Remember to space meals out throughout the day and No skipping meals. There are plenty of resources for you if you are having trouble coming up with various meals for yourself to eat. Try looking for a diabetic cookbook for recipes!
Next, a good way to manage your diabetes is through an exercise program. It is important to include both cardio and weight lifting in your workout. Everyone should be doing cardio alone for at least 30 min 5 times a week. Some various workout classes that can be taken that can make your workout fun include: yoga, zumba, biking, swimming, and walking. A good reminder too is to use the stairs instead of using the elevator. And remember to incorporate weightlifting into your workout program. Make sure you consult with your doctor on specific exercises that are appropriate for your health.
There are many benefits that come with a good exercise regimen. Exercising helps increase your mood and helps you have more energy. It can help relieve stress and help decrease your chances for heart disease (Acute Coronary Syndrome or Heart Attack) or stroke. And can help you lose weight! Some can even lose enough weight where their body can make enough insulin for the amount of food they eat (which can cause them to become "undiagnosed" with diabetes).
If you cannot control your diabetes with the two interventions of exercise and diet, then your doctor may start you on an oral medication due to your body not being able to make enough insulin. There are many medications that a doctor can prescribe, so I am not going to go through each and everyone. But make sure you know everything about your medication before you begin to take it. Know how often and what time of day you should be taking it. Know the side effects and what to do if your forget one dose. Also, make sure the doctor is aware of all other medications you are taking. Some may interact with each other. Just communicate all of your questions with your physician and make sure you fully understand the medication before you begin taking it.
Focus on things you can change about yourself if you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Try to change your diet and be more healthy. Also, begin incorporating an exercise program into your everyday life. Some factors you cannot prevent like your age or your family history, so do not worry about them. Focus on yourself and what you can change. Talk with your doctor about possible medication usage. By losing just a few pounds and keeping the weight off can help in preventing diabetes.