How to manage your type II diabetes

Having type II diabetes can be challenging. In some cases you don’t even know that you have it. Type II diabetes is the slower of the two types of diabetes to develop, therefor making it harder to diagnose.

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  • Having type II diabetes can be challenging. In some cases you don’t even know that you have it. Type II diabetes is the slower of the two types of diabetes to develop, therefor making it harder to diagnose. Some of the first symptoms are the following:

  • Symptoms

    1. Increased urge to urinate and drink fluids

    2. Dry, itchy skin

    3. Blurred vision

    4. Hard to heal infections

    5. Loss of feeling on limbs

    6. Feeling dizzy or light-headed when not eating for a few hours

    7. Feeling more tired than usual

    8. Increased appetite, but no weight increase

  • These symptoms can be brought under control with a little work on your part. One of the most important steps to help yourself with your diabetes is to communicate with your primary physician or endocrinologist. It is through them where the necessary measures of treatments come from.

  • Diabetics must really take care of themselves. The most important treatment for type II diabetes is weight loss (obesity is the number one cause of type II diabetes). Just because you have diabetes does not mean that you have to eat special types of foods. You can still eat like a normal person, but eat smaller portions with a much higher fiber intake. The most important diet change is a decrease in refined carbohydrates like sugar and white flour. And exercise should be an important lifestyle modification goal for type II diabetics.

  • A proper diet can also lead to lower blood sugar results. Depending on the severity of the diabetes, you might have to check your blood sugars every day or a few times a week.

  • Although the recommended level for a person that has diabetes is the same level as a person that does not have diabetes, your physician will determine an appropriate blood sugar level because every person is different.

  • When it comes to eating as a diabetic, you cannot skip meals. It can make you run too low on your blood sugar and lead to more food consumption at a later meal. Experiment at first if eating smaller meals will lower the blood sugar levels, but make sure that you do not skip those meals.

  • Having type II diabetes is not the end of the world, as I thought when I was first diagnosed. It can be the start of a new chapter in your life. It is the start of a healthier you, a new you. Type II diabetes can eventually be cured from you if you take the proper steps that your physician tells you to do.

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Alberto Buruca is studying broadcasting and photography.

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