General Causes of the Disease
There are many ways you can get type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas makes insulin but the cell won't let it in. We need insulin so then the cell can have fuel and so that we can talk and walk. America is most known for having the most overweight people. And obesity is how you can get type 2 diabetes.
A good guideline for a diabetic is to limit total carbohydrate consumption to 45-60 grams per meal (no more than 180 grams per day). For a diabetic plate it would be 1/4 protein, 1/4 starch, 1/2 non-starchy vegetables. You also need to follow the daily ratio percentage of grams in your diet. The daily ratio is 55:20:25 (carbs, fats, proteins). Nutrient dense carbohydrates are highly recommended in your guideline. For example, wheat instead of whole bread, whole fruit not juice, etc. You will eat or drink these things because fiber does not raise blood sugar.
How to MONITOR your blood sugar every day
To check your blood sugar every day you can prick your finger or you can use your wrist watch. Both of these things will give you your blood sugar. If you choose to prick your finger you have to do it before you eat or before you take any type of medication (at least twice a day). To get the best results on pricking your finger two or three times just to make sure it is accurate
Having a HEALTHY life style
To have a healthy life style you want to have a schedule on when to eat. You want to eat every day at the same time because your body is use to getting the sugar it needs at that time. Also you want to eat a variety of foods that are high in nutrition and low in empty calories. Another way to have a healthy life style is to exercise. To stay healthy you will want to get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day to improve your overall health. Lastly you will to be on a diet. Your diet should contain nutrient-rich carbohydrates and fiber but low in unhealthy fats and simple carbs.
I decided that I wasn't going to let type 2 diabetes take another person in my family — I was going to control it, not let it control me."
It's an understatement to say that type 2 diabetes runs in my family — my father, mother, oldest brother, six aunts and two uncles were all diagnosed with the disease and passed away because they didn't make the necessary changes to manage it. I don't know why I thought type 2 diabetes would skip me, but it didn't. After my diagnosis, I became so depressed that I wasn't motivated to start a healthy lifestyle. Finally, I decided I'd had enough and I wasn't going to let type 2 diabetes take another person in my family. I learned as much as I could about the disease. I realized that my family was not eating correctly and I hadn't been taking care of them properly while they were sick. When they told me they felt weak, I fed them foods that I thought were healthy, but I now realize that those foods were not a good choice. I have learned that information is a powerful tool.
I have discovered what works for me. I make healthy food choices — my motto is I'm eating to survive — and I participate in a local walking club. I decided that I will control type 2 diabetes rather than letting it control me.
I'm passionate about telling others about type 2 diabetes. My family didn't know, but I made sure my son knows the life-saving steps for managing type 2 diabetes. I take comfort in the thought that my family will not experience the devastating effect of this disease in the future. I also tell people next to me at the doctor's office to make sure they get checked for diabetes. If we each speak to one person and they speak to someone else, we can help communities take the first step to managing type 2 diabetes and avoiding other health risks. Because type 2 diabetes was so rampant in my family, I thought the disease was a death sentence. It isn't. My advice to anyone who's diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is to own it right away. Don't let the shock and depression from being diagnosed with the disease stop you from owning it. It's important not to isolate yourself, and remember that exercise and healthy eating are keys to getting type 2 diabetes under control. - Janet's Diabetes Story
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