Being diagnosed with type II diabetes is not something that you should take lightly. You will need to make changes in your life, to deal with the condition. The good news is that by taking positive action you can often stop the problem from worsening and you can potentially cause the disease to go into remission.
There are some basic things that you need to discuss with the doctor, once you have been diagnosed. These include how often you need to attend for check-ups and how often you need to check your blood sugar levels at home. Once you have the basic information, you will need to find out how to order medical supplies, in order to ensure you have testing equipment available when you need it. One of the most important things you will speak to the doctor about is how to deal with your condition going forward. The way this is done can vary from patient to patient, but certain aspects are common to most people.
Changes To Diet
Diet, and excess weight can both be common factors in the development of type II diabetes. This is why a change of diet is often used to help control the disease. Type II diabetes develops because the insulin which the pancreas produces becomes less effective at enabling cells to convert blood sugar into energy. This means that blood sugar levels become dangerously high. If you have type II diabetes, you need to stick to a diet that helps to alleviate the problem.
- Choose whole grain products instead of those that contain refined carbohydrates.
- Limit intake of sugary foods.
- Make sure you get plenty of fibre.
- Get protein from healthy sources such as nuts, seeds and fish.
Your doctor will help you devise a diet that enables you to pay attention to these points, eat healthily and keep your diabetes in check.
Increase In Exercise
Exercising can help to reduce levels of blood sugar for 24 – 48 hours after the exercise is completed. However, it’s important to note that this does not always happen. Before you start to exercise you should seek medical advice. Once you know that it’s safe for you to exercise, it’s a good idea to check your blood sugar levels before you start, during the exercise and afterwards. This can help you to see how exercise affects the levels of blood sugar in your body.
Increasing the amount of exercise, you get can also help you to lose weight. This can help reduce insulin resistance in your body and lower blood sugar levels.
Taking Medicine If Necessary
It may be necessary for you to take drugs in order to control your type II diabetes. If this is the case, there are many different types of drug that can be prescribed, including Metformin, Sulfonylureas and Meglitinides. Your doctor will talk to you about any drugs they prescribe, and answer any questions you may have.
It’s often possible to control type II diabetes by simply making lifestyle and dietary changes. You can often prevent the condition from worsening and may even cause it go in remission. If you need to take medication to control the condition, your doctor will talk you through the process.