Type 2 Diabetes: Know The Facts

Type 2 Diabetes is not a disease you can catch from another person. It is not airborne or even contagious. However, it is a disease you can develop within your body if you are not treating yourself with the love and respect your body deserves. Type 2 Diabetes is when your body does not make enough insulin naturally to keep your body at normal glucose levels. The pancreas will work overtime to produce more but it will never be enough. Your blood sugar levels will become extremely high and that’s when you’ll start to feel ill. It is important to be aware of the signs so you can tell if you or a family member may be at risk of the disease.

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What are the best foods to eat?


Foods that are low in fat and high in fibre are great food for people with Type 2 Diabetes. Foods with a low glycemic index are very important, such as kidney beans and lentil, starchy vegetables and most fruit. When you put good food into your body, food that is fresh and healthy, you are bound to see some results in your health and wellbeing.


What are the worst foods to eat when diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?


It is important to stay away from saturated fats and processed meats, trans fats and sugar, and refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are concentrates, processed and refined sugars than don’t already exist in nature. These foods are detrimental to your health and immune system.


Can I live comfortably with Type 2 diabetes?


Yes you can live comfortably with Type 2 Diabetes. If it is controlled and maintained through treatment and healthy living, you can live for many years without seeing deterioration from the disease.


Is there a cure?


Unfortunately there is no cure for Type 2 Diabetes. It is a progressive disease that requires constant maintenance and treatment, and without treatment it could lead to serious health problems, and even death.


What are the warning signs of Type 2 Diabetes?


It is important to be aware of your body. If you feel any symptoms such as numbness in your hands or feet, if you are hungry all the time, even after a meal, or have the feeling of being unusually thirsty, then you may be showing all signs of Type 2 Diabetes.


What is a strip test?


A strip test is a way to test your glucose levels. Also called a Blood Glucose Test Strip, they are specially designed hand held machines. They use a drop of blood from your finger to test your sugar levels at any given time of day. It is quick, relatively painless and accurate. They come in many different shapes and sizes and are very easy to use.


Are there different kinds of treatments?


Yes there are many treatments for Type 2 Diabetes. Your doctor will be able to determine which course of medication would be right for you. That may be a daily pill, or insulin therapy injections. A healthy lifestyle and eating plan is a strong contributor to treating this disease.


Do I need to see a doctor?


Absolutely, you’ll need to see a doctor if you feel you have any of the above symptoms, or are a likely candidate for the disease. If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, are over 75, have cholesterol problems, or it runs in your family, you are in a risk pool for the disease. Your local general practitioner will be able to perform some standard tests, or send you to a specialist of you so desire.


What are the complications?


If undiagnosed and untreated Type 2 Diabetes can lead to a number of side effects that will affect your health. Heart disease is probably the most serious of complications. You may also have to deal with skin problems, vision and nerve damage and various Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and diseases.


Is it a common disease?


Type 2 Diabetes is a very common, more so than Type 1. More than 27 million people in the USA are living with the disease and there are roughly 1,4 million new cases diagnosed every year.

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