Managing Type 2 Diabetes With A Healthy Lifestyle
Type 2 Diabetes is a condition in which the body either produces too little insulin to break down glucose, or the body does not recognize the insulin the body produces, a condition called insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes can be managed with a healthy diet low in fat and simple carbohydrates. Some diabetics manage their blood sugar levels by using some of the new medications that are available, but certain diabeties medications have been shown to increase weight, or even to cause heart and liver problems. You should speak to your doctor about which diabetes medication would be the best one for you to take, since certain pre-existing conditions can make these side effects more dangerous.
It is important for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes to engage in physical exercise. Physical exercise lowers blood glucose and reduces insulin resistance which, if you are in the pre diabetic stage, may be enough to reverse the condition altogether. If you are intimidated by the idea of exercise, start out small by taking a few short walks during the day, or using small hand weights to build up your muscles. Stretching and using resistance bands are also a good place to start. As your endurance and physical strenth increase, inrease your activity level to continue to challenge yourself.
Changes to your current diet and lifestyle should be made gradually to ensure that these changes are adopted for the long term, and not a total dramatic change that cannot be maintained. Type 2 diabetics must also monitor their intake of fat, as it is now widely believed to be a cardiovascular condition, and not simply a condition caused by a poor diet. More people with diabeties die from heart an blood vessel disease, than from the common side effects such as loss of eyesight or kidney damage.
It is important to note that the diet and lifestyle prescribed for diabetics is the diet and lifestyle we all should be adopting. It is just that it is now imperitive that diabetics adopt these healthier habits as the effects of a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle have already caused damage, and will continue to deteriorate the health of the patient if action is not taken. So why not start today, and perhaps you will escape the condition altogether, even if it you have a genetic predisposition for the disease.