Getting the news you have type 2 diabetes can be scary at first. You may go through a bout of depression wondering how you could’ve prevented it. You may even worry about the various symptoms including high blood pressure, loss of limbs or eyesight. Although these symptoms can occur in diabetic patients, you can greatly improve your chances of never falling victim to them while leading a healthy and active, long life.
Let’s briefly take a look at some of the symptoms associated with Type 2 Diabetes:
• Excessive Thirst
• Excessive Urination
• Feeling fatigue often
• Sedentary Lifestyle
• History of Diabetes in Family
If you’ve not been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and have several of the symptoms above, I would advise to schedule an appointment with a physician. However, even if you have some of these symptoms, I would recommend not panicking. Your symptoms might turn out to be a coincidence and can be used as awareness for further prevention.
In the case you’ve recently been diagnosed, understand you’re not alone. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes while millions more have it and don’t know they do. Feel fortunate if you’ve caught it early in the game. It won’t be easy, but, you if you’re willing, you have a great chance to avoid further complications and live a healthy balanced lifestyle.
So, what can you do to reduce or reverse the effects of diabetes?
Get Up and Get MovingIt’s time to get off the couch! Get a group together or find a local diabetic organization/club and get active. Even walking a mile a day is a great start. You don’t have to bench press 150 lbs. Just start somewhere!
It’s all in what you EatLet’s face it, all those empty carbs and sugars have no nutritional value, so why do we eat it? If you want to regain control of your health, there’s no way around it; you must let go of the “comfort” foods as the only thing they’re good for is making us feel worse in the long run.
Monitor your Blood GlucoseNormally, insulin breaks down carbohydrates into glucose before it enters the blood stream, which is essential in providing energy throughout your day. In a diabetic patient, the cells become resistant to insulin thus allowing glucose to enter in the blood stream in excess. It is essential to monitor your blood glucose levels on a daily basis to track the results of your diet and exercise. Your daily readings will allow you to keep track of when you have spikes which allows you to know when to make proper adjustments in your diet and exercise.
In conclusion, with a little preventative maintenance and lifestyle adjustments, you should have no problem living a very normal healthy lifestyle in most situations as long as you stick to your goals. Just remember, there are many others who manage type 2 diabetes so don’t forget to reach out to friends, family, and support groups when needed.