Living with Type 2 Diabetes by: Jada heryward & Destiny Jenkins

Background Information

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal. This causes excess glucose in your bloodstream because your insulin receptors are abnormal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes , if you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly, since the cell receptors are deformed insulin can not get attached to them which causes the cell not to get enough energy. In type 2 it is caused being over weight, not eating healthy, not exercising, and old age. If your blood glucose level is excessively high when you have type 2, your doctor may have you use insulin to lower your blood glucose.

Dietary Guidelines

A good guideline for diabetics is to limit total carbohydrates to 45-60 grams per meal (no more than 180 grams per day). A good diabetic food plate would be ¼ protein, ¼ starch, ½ non starchy vegetables. The percentage of grams in the diet for a diabetic should be: 55:20:25 (carbs:fats:protein). Nutrient dense carbohydrates are recommended: Wheat instead of white bread, and whole fruit not juice, because fiber does not raise blood sugar. Simply carbohydrates are sugars such as, candy, white bread, and apple juice.

Monitoring Blood levels

Diabetes have to measure their blood sugar at home, home blood glucose testing enables you to see what your blood glucose levels are and whether you are too high or too low. It also helps you to know whether you need to seek help with managing your blood glucose levels or not. This also enables you to find out how different foods affect your blood glucose levels. Before your meal your blood sugar should be 80–130 mg/dl, and after a meal it should be less than 180 mg/dl. When you are taking the A1C Test, your A1C should be 7.0% or less.

Life Style Choices

Poor lifestyle choices can lead to Type 2 Diabetes. Such as smoking, poor alcohol overuse, and lack of physical activity. To prevent Type 2 Diabetes you should eat healthier, for example; eating berries. Berries are generously portioned size which will leave you feeling satisfied. Examples of healthy food choices to eat are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, sardines,etc. Food choices that you want to avoid are heavy saturated and trans fat foods, baked goods, processed snacks, etc.

Personal Life story

People often think that type 2 diabetes strikes only the overweight and, unhealthy eaters, but anyone can be diagnosed with diabetes even famous people. Patti LaBell for years ignored her symptoms and denied the fact that she herself was likely to have the disease. After passing out onstage during a concert, she finally took her health seriously and began eating healthy and exercising regularly. LaBelle has gone on to lose 20 pounds at the age of 64, and became a diabetes spokesperson. Patti LaBell has also written a healthy cookbook called Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine.“I said, ‘I’m not going to let it get me,’ ” says LaBelle and still lives by it.


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