The Basics of Type 2 Diabetes- What it is, and what’s next.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops producing an adequate amount of insulin, or your body does not respond appropriately to it. Without insulin, your body cannot properly store the sugar and fat from the food you eat. Symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, increased hunger, weight loss despite the increased appetite, blurry vision, dark patches on the skin, infections that heal slowly, fatigue, and excessive thirst and urination. As there is no cure for diabetes, and it is a lifelong illness, it is very important that you are able to find new ways to manage your blood sugar levels, and take control of your health.
Unmanaged diabetes can lead to serious complications. This includes heart disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, skin and mouth infections, hearing problems, and foot infections that can lead to amputation.
Diabetes is a long and life-changing journey, but we’ll be with you every step along the way. According to the CDC, approximately 18.2 million Americans are affected by diabetes. While you will have to adjust to many new changes, you are not alone in your journey to take care of your health and manage your diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes management over the years has become far more manageable and less cumbersome due to modern advancements in technology. This allows you to focus on working on other aspects of treatment, like diet and exercise, instead of worrying about how to get accurate readings of your blood glucose levels. At-home care can often be difficult, but devices such as the Care Touch Blood Glucose Monitor makes it possible to monitor vital information even outside of a doctor’s office. As blood sugar should be monitored frequently, it is important that you have a way to do so at home.
Adjusting to your new lifestyle of actively monitoring your meals can be a daunting task. However, managing your diabetes is incredibly important for both the sake of your current and future health in order to prevent medical complications. Fortunately, diabetes is not a new disease, and while there is still no cure, modern technology has made adapting to these lifestyle changes less of an arduous task
There are several ways to effectively manage your diabetes. This includes planning your meals ahead, exercising regularly, taking medicine, using supplements for additional vitamins and minerals, and monitoring your blood sugar and blood pressure at home. Diet and exercise are likely the easiest things that you can adjust, however it is important to regularly keep track of fluctuations in your blood sugar. While you’re going through your journey, here are a few things to consider to help properly manage your type 2 diabetes.
One of the most important parts of managing your type 2 diabetes is to lower your weight and blood sugar levels. Even just losing a moderate amount of weight while keeping it off is a huge step towards lowering your risk of diabetes health complications. Lowering your calorie intake and increasing your physical activities should be an active goal of yours. Losing weight may sound like a daunting task at first, but there are many ways to do so, be it exercise, diet, or just being mindful about food labels. Every little bit counts, as diabetes care is a marathon and not a race.
Creating a regular exercise routine will help control your weight and may decrease the risk of health complications associated with diabetes. 30-minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, 5 days a week will add more structure to your daily routine, on top of helping your weight loss goals. Things that raise your heart rate, such as biking, jogging, aerobic exercises, swimming or even just fast walking will help are simple activities that try out until you find something that you enjoy. There is no right answer for which activity is the best one, but try to pick an exercise that you can commit to 5 days a week.
On top of diet and exercise, depending on the severity of your blood sugar levels, a doctor may prescribe for your medication to lower your blood sugar levels. Make sure to properly take each medicine as prescribed, and inform your doctor if you’re experiencing side effects. Remember that medication alone may not be enough, to lower your blood sugar levels and that it should be accompanied by proper diet and exercise.
Checking Blood Sugar Levels
Regularly checking your blood sugar levels should become part of your everyday schedule. Blood glucose monitoring systems can help you quickly and accurately measure your glucose levels. This allows you to determine which foods affect your blood sugar levels the most so that you can adjust your diet accordingly. Care Touch Glucometers provides accurate and reliable readings in order to make the process simple. You can accurately track and save your readings so that you can chart changes over time, and provide accurate information for medical consultations. Paired with the Care Touch Test Strips and Care Touch Lancets, you have the perfect set of tools to help you with your new routine.
The Next Steps
Diabetes can be a long journey, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one when it comes to getting proper support and the tools you need. Care Touch will be here to support you throughout your entire journey with guides, tips, and strategies, and products to help you take better control of your life and health.
There will be days when your health routine can seem debilitating or hard to do for one reason or another, but remember that consistently managing your diabetes is worth it. You don’t have to do every step perfectly, you just need to keep doing them. Life can get in the way sometimes and you need to put some things on hold in order to sort out what you need. However, your health should never be one of them.