Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Barbara-Young-chief-executive-of-Diabetes-UK-521575Type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide and can affect both young and old. Across the globe, close to 10% of the entire population has been diagnosed with diabetes and it is responsible for nearly 1.5 million deaths each year.

Although science has not yet provided a cure for diabetes, with proper guidance from one of our experienced doctors or endocrinologists you can easily learn to control and manage this disease and live a long, healthy life.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that deals specifically with a hormone called Insulin. A person with Type 2 Diabetes may not be producing enough insulin to be able to properly process sugar in the blood. Another cause for this disease may be that their cells have become resistant to insulin, meaning that the insulin the body is producing is not working as well as it is supposed to. When this happens a patient’s blood glucose levels can rise to very high levels and you can begin to experience symptoms such as frequent urination, weight loss, excessive thirst or fatigue.

The Importance of Nutrition

Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important things that you can do to keep your sugar levels down and manage your diabetes. Sugary foods like candy, desserts, chocolate, soda, juice and high carbohydrate foods like white breads, pasta, and rice should be eaten in small amounts and on special occasions only. Try to keep your meals filled with lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, beans and legumes. By choosing the right foods to eat, your blood sugar levels will stay in check and you will also keep your weight down, which is another important factor for good health.

The Importance of Exercise

Keeping active is another important factor in keeping your type 2 diabetes in check.  Regular exercise can help to keep your blood sugar levels down and can also assist you in maintaining or losing weight. It is recommended to partake in 20 minutes of activity, such as walking, three times a week.

Diabetes Medications

Science has come a long way in devising medications that will help to manage your type 2 diabetes. There are numerous different injections and pills available that work in different ways to control this disease and help you to lead a normal, healthy life. Remembering to take your medications and following up with your doctor regularly, will help to keep this disease under control.

LiveMD has a series of doctors available that can help to assist you. If you have any questions about how to better manage your diabetes, visit today and speak with one of our fully qualified healthcare practicioners.

Select a LiveMD doctor below and talk by Phone, Text, Video Chat, or In-Person.

January 15th, 2016 by