DIABETES TYPE 2
DIABETES TYPE 2
Type 2 means that your body doesn't use insulin properly. And while some people can control their blood sugar levels with healthy eating and exercise, others may need medication or insulin to manage it. Regardless, you have everything you need to fight it.
RIGHT FUEL TO YOUR BODY
A huge part of managing type 2 diabetes is developing a healthy diet. You need to eat something sustainable that helps you feel better and still makes you feel happy and fed. Remember, it’s a process. Work to find helpful tips and diet plans that best suit your lifestyle—and how you can make your nutritional intake work the hardest for you.
Fitness is a key part of managing type 2. And the good news, all you have to do is get moving. You don’t have to become an ultra-marathoner. You can start slowly with a walk around the block or a simple bike ride. The key is to find activities you love and do them as often as you can.
1. Work with your doctor to determine what level of physical activity you should engage in
2. Figure out how much time per day you can devote to exercise
3. Set fitness goals—having clear goals can help you stay motivated
4. Consider where you’ll start working out—the gym, in your neighborhood, in a park?
5. Build different activities into your daily routine
6. Start slowly and allow for recovery time
7. Keep track of what you do and stay focused on your goals
8. Listen to your body
Taking care of Diabetes Type 2
What is Pre-Diabetes?
Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.
What Causes Diabetes Type 2?
More than 34 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over age 45, but more and more children, teens, and young adults are also developing it.
Preventing Diabetes Type 2?
If you have prediabetes, losing a small amount of weight if you’re overweight and getting regular physical activity can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
With type 2 diabetes, your body cannot properly use insulin (a hormone that helps glucose get into the cells of the body). You can get type 2 diabetes at any age, but you are at higher risk if you are older, overweight, have a family history of diabetes, are not physically active, or are a woman who had gestational diabetes.