What to know about type 2 diabetes:
When you have type 2 diabetes it means that your insulin receptors no longer work like they used to. Causing your blood sugar to stay elevated. Your body produces too much insulin and isn't used anywhere. Glucose in your blood comes from the digestion of the carbohydrates that you eat. Your body needs glucose or sugar to use as a form of energy. However, sometimes too much of a good thing can be harmful. Too much glucose or blood sugar over time can do plenty of damage to your body and to your health. Insulin helps cells in the body to absorb glucose and use it as immediate energy or store it as energy for future use. In a healthy person, the action of insulin helps blood glucose levels to remain in the normal range. For someone with type 2 diabetes, there is not enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels in the normal range.
●A good guideline for diabetics is to limit total carbohydrate consumption to 45-60 grams per meal (no more than 180grams per day).●A good guideline for a diabetic plate of food would be ¼ protein, ¼ starch, ½ non starchy vegetables.●Daily the ratio of percentage of grams in the diet for a diabetic should be: 55:20:25 (carbs:fats:protein).●Nutrient dense carbohydrates are recommended: ex. Wheat instead of white bread, whole fruit not juice, etc.because fiber does not raise blood sugar.
How to live with type 2 diabetes:
Living with any kind of diabetes is hard but to take care of your self with type 2 diabetes. You have to exercise daily, and maintain a healthy diet.
When you have diabetes you have to limit how much sugar, carbs, and calories. The problem with sugar is the sheer amount of it that’s found in the typical American diet, especially in the form of added sugars: the sucrose in table sugar, as well as sugars in foods such as sodas, cereals, packaged foods, and snacks. When consumed in excess, added sugars can cause weight gain, heart disease, mood swings, and more.When you have diabetes you have to limit how much sugar, carbs, and calories.
When you are active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin so it can work more efficiently. Your cells also remove glucose from the blood using a mechanism totally separate from insulin during exercise. Physical activity is also important for your overall well being, and can help with many other health conditions. When you exercise it can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke, and strengthens your heart and improves your blood circulation.
How to monitor your blood sugar levels:
After washing your hands, insert a test strip into your meter. Use your lancing device on the side of your fingertip to get a drop of blood. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood, and wait for the result. Your blood glucose level will appear on the meter's display
Diabetic success story "having a baby" :
Elizabeth Edelman / 28
"Ever since I got married, my endocrinologist would always joke with me: 'Oh, it's time to get pregnant!' " says Elizabeth Edelman, a blogger with Diabetes Daily who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 23 years old. "When we were ready to start trying, I talked to my endocrinologist and he gave us the green light." At the outset, Edelman had a plan: She would maintain an A1C of 6 percent or lower for her entire pregnancy, and she would have a completely natural birth.
Not surprisingly, that took a huge amount of effort. Edelman tracked her glucose levels with a continuous glucose monitor, faxed a log of her blood glucose readings to her endocrinologist each week for suggested adjustments to her treatment, and kept pregnancy cravings in check. "You always hear, 'Oh, when you're pregnant, you're eating for two,' " she says. "But you only need an extra 300 to 500 calories per day. That's not a lot." To make sure her blood glucose was in control during delivery, Edelman had her husband test her throughout labor.
The attention to detail paid off: Her A1C hovered around 5 percent throughout the nine months, she was able to give birth without drugs, and on Oct. 31, 2008, Edelman had a 6-pound, 1-ounce baby girl named Leah. "I have the funniest and most adorable baby, and that alone is a success," she says. "But I worked my butt off to make sure everything went well."