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Easy Ways to Prevent or Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Easy Ways to Prevent or Manage Type 2 Diabetes

December 17, 2019

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition and is preventable. But if one has it and if it is not managed, complications can arise, some of which can be fatal. These include heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, amputations and blindness. Even diabetes can cause high-risk pregnancy.

Earth’s Wisdom today wants to educate readers about type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it and how to manage it.

Do You Have or are at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

Whenever blood tests are done, doctors essentially check if the person is suffering from diabetes. Most basic blood tests include checking fasting blood sugar levels. A fasting blood sugar level between 100 and 125 mg/dL usually indicates pre-diabetes and if it’s equal to or higher than 126 mg/dL it suggests diabetes.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes but Not Knowing about it

Many people have type 2 diabetes but don’t know about it. There are many reasons for this.

People should be careful about their health more holistically. For example, women are usually up to date on their mammograms and pap smears; however, they are not very watchful about checking numbers like blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.

The other reason is denial. Many patients are simply not ready to accept that they may have diabetes.

Doctors should also make sure they improve their communication with patients because many times it’s seen that patients are surprised to come to know that they have had diabetes but their previous healthcare provider never told them.

Can Diabetes or Pre-diabetes Treated? How?

The complications arising from pre-diabetes and diabetes can be completely avoided, although once you are diagnosed with diabetes, you are going to have it for lifetime. The best ways to ‘reverse’ it is through diet, exercise and weight loss, if required.

If a diabetes patient becomes successful in achieving normal blood sugar levels, s/he is said to be ‘at goal’ rather than saying that s/he no longer has it. Sometimes, all that diabetic people have to do is losing weight by 5% to achieve normal blood sugar levels.

Three Things to Do to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Everyone should do three things to prevent type 2 diabetes. These are:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Eat a well-balanced diet that’s less in refined sugars
  3. Exercise regularly

Having a Family History of Diabetes

If your family members have or had diabetes, does that mean that you too will definitely get it? No. It’s not necessary. However, it certainly increases your chances to get it.

Some diabetes experts believe that persons having a strong family history should consider themselves at high risk. There is no harm in taking precautions to lessen the chances of developing the condition.

Advices like eating a healthy diet, regular exercise and regularly checking blood sugar levels should be followed by everyone.

Stress and Diabetes

Stress can be a prominent barrier to successful glucose control. Stress hormones in the body may affect sugar levels directly. During stressful situations, your body reacts which is known as fight-or-flight response. During this, adrenaline and cortisol are released in your bloodstream that allow you to fight the situation. Constant stress can wear you down physically and mentally making your diabetes management difficult.

Therefore managing stress is important for the management of diabetes. Here are a few things you can do to reduce stress:

  • Regular meditation to eliminate negative thoughts and allow your mind to relax
  • Find a quiet place and focus on breathing to remove unwanted emotional stress
  • Regular practice of Yoga to reduce physical stress with physical activity and meditation simultaneously
  • Spending quality time with friends and family to gain happiness

Prevent or manage type 2 diabetes with these tips and live a cheerful life.

 



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