It’s National Diabetes Awareness month and a time to learn as much as you can about diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects many of us as we age.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
- It is the most common types of diabetes.
- It may also be referred to as “adult onset diabetes”
- Your body can’t process sugars properly, creating hyperglycemia or an abnormally high blood sugar levels.
- Glucose (sugars) build up in the blood and don’t get into the cells where it should go.
- Because your cells are not receiving the sugars as needed, they become starved and can actually cause tiredness.
- Type 2 diabetes can be managed with proper diet and exercise; however, sometimes oral medication or insulin shots may be required.
- No matter what type of diabetes you have, you have to keep it under control in order to avoid additional health problems; many of which can be extreme.
- The body normally makes insulin; yet, with diabetes the body doesn’t make and use insulin (a hormone) the way it’s intended.
If you’re interested in reading more about Type 2 Diabetes, the Diabetes Association offers this free download “Taking Care of Type 2 Diabetes” to help you learn how to live life as a diabetic.
Who is at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
There are a number of factors that can put you at higher risk of becoming diabetic in your adult years.
- Those who are overweight/obese – this is the most common reason for becoming Type 2 diabetic
- Women who have had gestational diabetes when pregnant
- People who live a sedentary lifestyle (exercise is very important)
- Genetics (having family who has been diagnosed)
- Those who have previously been diagnosed with insulin intolerance
Is Type 2 Diabetes Preventable?
The answer is YES! Here’s how:
- Losing as little as 5-10% of your weight can help delay or prevent becoming diabetic
- Moderate physical activity (30 minutes per day, 5 days a week) can reduce your risk
- Both of the above combined can actually decrease your risk of becoming diabetic by 40-60%
Needless to say 2 simple actions, losing weight and becoming active, can prevent you from ever becoming diabetic.
How Can We Help?
- We offer a nursing staff that can help you check and maintain insulin levels regularly at home.
- Our caregivers can help make healthy meals for you and even work with you to learn some great ways to cook healthier. Check out some healthy recipe options here. There’s quite an array of delicious recipes that will help you stay on track.
- Regular visits from a professional caregiver can give you a partner to be active with; including going for walks, going to the mall to walk during winter and rainy days, or even taking you to the local gym or pool.
Type 2 diabetes is completely avoidable and most people can even go from being diabetic to not having type 2 diabetes at all with the right lifestyle!
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