Type 2 diabetes is on the rise and doesn’t show signs of slowing anytime soon. If you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, already pre-diabetic (or if you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2), there are several new treatments available to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult onset diabetes, is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to properly process sugar. This causes abnormalities in blood glucose levels. The pancreas can create enough extra insulin to make up for these abnormalities at first, but eventually, type 2 diabetes requires other forms of treatment. As of 2017, 100 million Americans had type 2 diabetes, and that number is steadily climbing.
As with any condition, type 2 diabetes has many symptoms that may present themselves before an official diagnosis. The most common symptoms include excessive hunger, increased thirst, fatigue, blurred vision and significant weight gain or weight loss. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you could have type 2 diabetes and should talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, take a deep breath. This is a condition that many Americans live with every day. With the right medical care, the right habits and the right attitude, it’s possible to live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life with type 2 diabetes. If you don’t know where to start, begin with these quick tips:
Watch what you eat. Diabetes begins and ends with blood sugar, which is a direct result of the food you digest. So be diligent about every bite you put in your mouth. Cut back on (or better yet, try to eliminate) processed sugar, refined carbohydrates and animal products. Instead, fill up on foods rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables.
Get some exercise. If you’re not used to working out, don’t worry. Everyone starts somewhere, and you can always start small. Try to make sure you’re getting 30 minutes of activity a day, five times a week. But talk to your doctor to develop a specific plan that’s right for you.
Find the right medication. Most people with type 2 diabetes take some sort of prescription medication to keep their blood sugar levels normal and their health in check. Again, work with your doctor to manage your care and find something that works for your specific needs.
Monitor your blood sugar. The better you know your body, the more you will be able to stay in charge of your care. When you regularly check your blood glucose levels, you’ll be able to understand what different factors affect them.
Stay informed. Your doctor can help you manage your type 2 diabetes, but at the end of the day, you’re the one in charge of your own health. Learn as much about type 2 diabetes as you can, and stay active in your care.
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