Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Managing type 2 diabetes ranges from natural methods to surgery depending on the type and severity of the disease as well as the procedures chosen by the patient. Every doctor will suggest different concentration when developing a plan for controlling type 2 diabetes; therefore careful research is crucial for individual success and comfort. Understanding the side effects and overall effectiveness of a particular treatment will give the patient confidence in their decision toward a certain form of medicine. Methods range from change in dietary habits and exercise to complex drug treatments and surgery. All treatment should be carefully monitored by a professional due to the serious side effects of improper management.

Management can be separated into two categories: lifestyle change and medical approach. Both are important to successful management, but some options weigh heavier depending on the unique diagnosis. First, a person should reflect on how the disease developed. If a person has eaten sugar covered donuts for breakfast their whole life, a dietary change is crucial to successful management, however some people are simply at a genetic disposition therefore medication may be the only option. Some lifestyle changes to consider no matter what include smoking cessation increase physical activity, careful weight management, glycaemic control, and blood pressure management. Basically these are all items important to the success of any plan for a healthy lifestyle. Calculating a person's BMI will determine the optimal weight goal a person should strive for. This is a mathematical equation, which divides weight and height to get a specific number. Calculators are available online to determine this number. When an optimal weight goal is determined careful planning with the doctor will help a person achieve the ultimate weight goal, in addition to controlling type 2 diabetes. A careful exercise program designed to improve a person's health including symptoms of diabetes will further increase the chances of successfully managing type 2 diabetes. After careful evaluation from a doctor, any reason certain types of exercise may be harmful should be determined. Walking could cause problems if the patient has diabetic foot disease and extreme cardiovascular workouts may prove discouraging if a person is morbidly obese or a chain smoker. However, any improvement in physical activity can improve overall health.

Dietary changes including food replacement and supplementation may create significant change in a person's overall health. Understanding the optimal food consumption for the specific situation will create a comparison for what is actually being consumed. From this comparison a person can determine the needed changes appropriate for managing type 2 diabetes. This may include switching to all organic foods or the replacement of unhealthy choices. Depending on the specific situation a person may need to increase intake of certain food groups especially fruits and vegetables. In addition, controlling type 2 diabetes includes careful management of cholesterol and blood pressure, which may aggravate continued problems. In addition, diets high in fiber can control affects such as hyperglycemia. Nutritionists and even a general practitioner can help develop a plan that is realistic for the individual circumstances including flexibility and affordability. Some dietary supplements and even whole meals are available for doorstep delivery, which may help a person manage diet more effectively. Though the cost is higher for this service in comparison to making food at home, the benefit of successful food preparation may be worth the extra money.

Depression is a common characteristic of people with this disease. This is not a cause, but rather an effect that may occur before a person is successfully managing type 2 diabetes. Certain medications that help boost the serotonin levels in the brain may aid in the recovery from depression without having adverse effects on the treatment plan. Careful evaluation of stressors in a person's life will help prioritize events as well as determine what activities may need to be eliminated. Although depression is a side effect of unsuccessfully controlling type 2 diabetes, depression can cause heart problems and increase blood pressure as well as cholesterol problems. This is why optimal health is the best medicine for any disease. Understanding the risks of developing other diseases caused by diabetes may help a person catch the early warning signs thus creating a better chance of successful treatment. Most doctors require testing for renal disease once a person is under their care. Continued retesting may be necessary in order to maintain good control of all health problems. Controlling blood pressure and certain preventative medications can aid in the management and prevention of renal disease. "And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee." (Exodus 23:25)

Though natural remedies may help a lot of diseases and disorders, diabetes is not one of them. Careful management and communication with a doctor will ensure continued success in treatment and prevention. Even though western doctors and eastern practitioners are notorious in having differing opinions about treatment options for disease control, managing type 2 diabetes is safest when approached through lifestyle changes and prescription drugs. In addition, any treatment suggested by any doctor should be thoroughly researched due to the dangerous effects inappropriate care can have on any individual. A positive attitude is a natural way a person can compliment any treatment choice which is a practice accepted by any practitioner. Creating a home environment, which promotes peace and self-awareness, can greatly benefit overall healing and management of any disease.

Diabetes Management

An important part of diabetes prevention is nutrition because diet is key to obtaining the best possible metabolic management. Type 2 diabetes is closely related to the foods that one eats and to being overweight, making a healthy lifestyle an important factor in keeping this illness at bay. Those who have a family history, especially, will want to follow proper diet plans and get plenty of exercise to lower their risks for being diagnosed with this illness. Those who have been diagnosed as diabetics will want to follow a diet plan rich in vitamins and minerals to help with effective diabetes management. Diabetes is a serious illness that can lead to many associated complications and even death. But, there is good news for those who are diagnosed with Type 2 in the early stages. Type 2, which is an insulin resistant form of this disease, can be controlled with a nutritional diet plan that includes supplements and activity. Type 2, in some cases, can even be reversed with nutritious foods, unlike Type 1, which is an auto-immune deficiency.

Getting informed about what diabetes is and what complications can result will help those who have been diagnosed with this illness understand how to treat it and how to live a life that cannot only control blood sugar levels, but that can also be more abundant, with patients feeling better. This illness is an illness of the pancreas and the insulin that it produces. Insulin is the substance that is used in breaking down glucose, which is used for energy, in the blood stream. When there is a lack of insulin, glucose builds up in the blood stream and entire host of problems can result. Diabetes management will mean controlling glucose levels and with type 2, this can be done with certain foods and supplements. Glucose levels are determined by blood tests that can be administered at home, giving the patient the ability to monitor levels and determine what foods and/or activities are being helpful. Some Type 2 diabetics need only monitor on a weekly basis when eating a diet that is beneficial to breaking down sugar in the blood. Type 1 diabetics will generally need to test several times a day and have insulin administered to control glucose levels.

The risks involved with untreated glucose levels are significant. When blood sugars build up in the body over a period of years, arteries can become damaged which leads to several different complications. Poor blood circulation and nerve damage are common with diabetics. These conditions can lead to heart disease, stroke, or damaged tissue, especially in the feet, that could result in amputation. Damaged arteries can also affect the eyes and there is a risk for blindness. Years of high blood sugar levels can also result in kidney disease that can result in kidney failure, which is fatal. Anyone at risk for this disease will want to learn as much about diabetes prevention as possible, taking care to give the body what it needs to metabolize blood sugars.

Because what one eats plays a significant role in metabolizing sugars in the blood stream, it is important to follow a diet that aids in effectively breaking down blood sugar. Carbohydrates play an important role in diabetes management. Carbohydrates are an important element in nutrition, but too much of "bad carbs" should be avoided. Vegetables, whole grains, fruits, beans, lean meats, and fish are good choices. Overloading on protein with a low carbohydrate- high protein diet is not recommended, but a balanced approach to nutrition is best. Processed foods pose a problem because they are high in saturated fats. Exercise is also key to diabetes prevention and management. An active lifestyle increases the metabolism of glucose.

Being diagnosed with this illness can be frightening, and with good reason. However, with Type 2 of this illness, a lifestyle change can make a big difference. Those at risk will want to start now, planning a well-balanced diet, taking diabetes prevention measures. The Lord, God created the bodies that we now live in, and He intended for these bodies to be taken care of at the best of our abilities. The Bible indicates that over-indulging in any substance, food included, is a form of sinning. "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 Corinthians 3:17) Over eating and over indulging in any substance is harmful to the body and becomes an addictive behavior. We are to have control over the body and use it for God's glory. We are to exercise control over what we eat.

For more information on what vitamins and mineral supplements are helpful in diabetes management, log onto the Internet where there are publications by different professional resources. Getting informed is the best place to begin knowing what diet course to follow. When we are equipped with correct information, we become motivated to take control of the problem. Diabetes prevention and care begin with learning as much as possible.

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