A patient whose body is not using the insulin it produces or resists metabolizing the simple sugar glucose suffers from type 2 diabetes, whereas a patient whose body simply does not produce enough insulin to effectively break down sugar and turn it into energy suffers from type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 commonly occurs in adults and obese children. Type 2 is incurable but can be treated and managed using a combination of healthy eating, exercise and maintaining an ideal weight. When exercise and healthy eating aren’t enough, insulin therapy and medications may be prescribed.
Treating Type 2 Diabetes
Maintaining a healthy diet is a core aspect of treating and managing type 2 diabetes, however, there’s no specific diabetes diet patients can follow to guarantee positive results. Medical experts and researchers agree that a diet rich in high-fiber, low-fat foods are the most efficient at keeping diabetes in check. Recommended foods include:
- Whole grains
Registered dietitians can help create a meal plan specific to an individual’s health goals, food preferences, lifestyle and condition. They can also recommend the right amount of carbohydrates to consume with each meal to ensure blood sugar levels remain stable.
Exercise is another necessary component to managing and treating type 2 diabetes. It’s best to consult a doctor before starting an exercise regimen, as they will recommend exercises that work best for your condition, lifestyle, capabilities and weight. Follow your doctor’s orders and incorporate at least one activity you enjoy – biking, swimming, hiking, etc. It’s recommended patients with diabetes perform 30 minutes minimum of aerobic exercise daily.
Start slowly and build up gradually to avoid overexertion and to steadily build your strength. Variety is the spice of life, and a diverse exercise regimen has been proven to be more effective at controlling blood sugar levels than repeating the same exercises every day. Change it up with some yoga one day and a dance class on another day. You’ll be less likely to get burned out doing the same activities every day and your body will function more effectively.
Finally, one of the most important aspects of managing diabetes is practicing due diligence in monitoring blood sugar levels and maintaining a medication regimen. Checking your blood sugar levels as many times a day as your doctor recommends is a vital habit to develop. It’s crucial to maintain and stick to diabetes medication and insulin therapy regimens when diet and exercise isn’t enough.
Insulin therapy is often considered a last resort when lifestyle changes aren’t enough. Insulin works best when injected. Your doctor may prescribe different types and injection increments depending on your condition.
Treat Type 2 Diabetes Safely and Effectively with All Around Healthcare
At All Around Healthcare we’re committed to the families, patients and communities we serve. Since we are locally owned and operated, we do not have corporate hospital expenses that can drive up our patient cost, ensuring our patients get the best, most affordable diabetic care available. We accept walk-in appointments to accommodate any patient’s needs. Contact us today to schedule a diabetic management appointment or walk-in and see one of our primary care providers on the spot!