Lifestyle and exercise
Exercise is great way to regulate blood glucose and insulin. Activity makes cells sensitive to accepting insulin and making it work more effectively. exercise can range from dance, gardening, a beginners yoga class or even going on a walk. Of course being active as much as possible is great, but you don't have to become a body builder! Lifestyle choices will change once you begin to take care of your diabetes. Becoming more organized will help you take control of your diabetes! planning vacations and going to work will have a different schedule now, but knowing how to manage your time and put things in order will go a long way! Take time to write down checklists for things that you will need. Prioritize what needs to be put first and what things can wait. For example, taking care of your insulin intake is much more important than doing something with your friends.
This is the story of a man named Harry. His story is told through the American Heart Association...
"In the summer of 1994, I was driving a truck down a familiar road and suddenly my vision went blurry. Fortunately, I knew where I was going without reading the road signs, but as soon as I returned home, I called a friend who is a nurse about my concerns. She suggested that I see an eye doctor as soon as possible. After running some eye tests the eye doctor told me to see my family doctor because I might have type 2 diabetes. I was surprised by this because no one in my family had ever been diagnosed with diabetes. I did indeed have type 2 diabetes, and I also had high blood pressure and marginally high cholesterol. My doctor wanted me to start losing some weight, but I wasn't ready to make the lifestyle changes that would be necessary to not only lose the weight, but to keep it off for the rest of my life.
I took medication for a year, which helped maintain normal blood sugar and blood pressure. But the more I learned about the long-term effects and complications of my disease, the more I wanted to make more changes in my life. I started to make some small, but important, lifestyle changes, such as only ordering one cheeseburger instead of three. I also started to walk for ten minutes a day. Each week I increased my walking by one minute. A year later I was walking 60 minutes a day, seven days a week and lost 35 pounds. I wanted to lose more weight, so I joined a weight-loss group. Four years after my diagnosis, I reached my final weight-loss goal of 139 pounds. During this time, my type 2 diabetes and other conditions improved to the point that my family doctor was able to take me off all medications.
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my advice is to commit yourself to making gradual changes and putting a healthy, realistic plan together. Also, join a support group not only for the knowledge and long-term success the group may help you achieve, but also because the group offers emotional support to help you stay motivated and stick to positive lifestyle changes."
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