Dealing With Diabetes
I have Type 2 diabetes and have been battling it for several years. I’ve managed to get my diabetes under control.I’ve managed to control it but still take medication (glyburide/metmorphin).My objective is to get off the medication. That sounds simple, but it’s actually pretty difficult–you must do it forever.The solution theoretically is simple–lose weight,alter your diet,and exercise regularly.It can be done but it takes will power.What gave me the will power to do something about it was a stern warning from my cardiologist–either fix your diabetes problem or look forward to a shoterned, very disabling departure from this mortal coil.This was alarming news, to say the least, as I was almost 60! So I started a diabeteic diet and started to exercise on a regular basis. You can do it if you have the motivation.You can beat diabetes naturally if you change your lifestyle. It’s interesting to note that there are cultures of people in the world today where Type 2 diabetes is virtually non-existent. So why is it so prevalent here in the U.S.?
What id Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is the one that some people are either born with or develop as young children. This type of diabetes usually requires insulin and aggressive blood sugar management.There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes accounts for only 5% of the total cases of diabetes. Type 2 can be managed effectively through lifestyle chabges and, if needed, medication.
So just how serious is diabetes? Very! The early symptoms of untreated diabetes mellitus are related to the elevated blood sugar, or glucose,levels. Excessive levels of blood sugar reult in higher levels of sugar in your urine. This increases your urination frequncy and that leads to dehydration. Other symptoms include blurred vision, extreme tiredness, and stuborn infections that just seem to take forever to clear up.I myself used to feel lttle sharp pains in my feet and fingers. These are more like sharp “pings” of pain. Later stages of diabetes are nasty–amputation of toes and legs, kidney failure, even blindness.
Another form of diabetes, known as gestational diabetes, occurs in some women during pregnancy. It is a temporary condition caused by pregnancy and usually occurs in the later stages, once the baby has formed but is still growing
Although there is currently no cure for diabetes mellitus, it can be controlled successfully with an active treatment plan. The potential benefit of pancreas transplants and islet cell transplants in Type 1 patients is being investigated.
Symptoms of Diabetes?
Most Type 1 sufferers get it early in their lives. The classic signs of diabetes include:
1. More urination as the body tries to get rid of the excess sugar in its blood
2. Extreme thirst, as your body loses fluid through increased urination
3. bigger appetite, because the cells need nutrients
4. Weight loss, because without insulin, the body begins to starve.
The onset of Type 2 diabetes is often very gradual and may develop without any symptoms at all. Regretably, most diagnoses come after the person already has it. It results from inactivity and a poor diet. It used to be called “Adult Diabetes” because it did not develop until people became older,less active, and overweight. Sadly, because of our sedentary lifestyle these days and the easy availibility of junk and fast food, we’re seeing more cases of Type 2 diabetes develop among teenagers and even younger children who are obese.
Your weight affects your health in many ways. Overweight people’s bodies can’t make enough insulin to control their blood sugar levels. It can also cause high blood pressure. The Diabetes Prevention Program, a three-year clinical trial conducted on diabeste patients last year, showed that losing even a few pounds can help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes because it helps your body use insulin more effectively. In the clinical study people experiencing a 5-7% weight loss saw significant reduction of diabetes risk. So here’s news flash–If you lost twenty or thirty pounds, depending on how overweight you are and kept it off, or if you became a vegetarian, you probably wouldn’t have diabetes at all,at least Type 2 diabetes!
Published by Heart Wellness Store