Living With Type 2 Diabetes
Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is something that may be difficult for you to have to come to terms with. There is no cure or magical pill that you can take in order to make it go away. This is the most common form of diabetes that you hear about and it can be a little bit of a shock to many when they are told that they have it. They may even deny it at first, thinking that there is some sort of mistake with the test. However, once diagnosed, there are things that you can do and little changes that you can make which will help you to have a healthier life and keep other conditions at bay.
The first question you may ask is, “how did this happen to me?” One of the biggest causes of type 2 diabetes is being overweight. This is a result of genetic predisposition, a poor diet, and/or a lack of exercise, and leads to too much belly fat. It is possible to be thin and get diabetes, but this is generally reserved for those that are advanced in age. A family history of diabetes can also come into play. When insulin resistance occurs, this is type 2 diabetes. The heavier that you are, the harder it is for you body to be able to move the insulin throughout your body and use it correctly. This also incurs high blood pressure.
Because it is such a slow process for someone to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there are signs and symptoms that you can look out for. These include fatigue, constant hunger, constantly thirsty, frequent urination, poor circulation, longer healing times for injuries, or frequent infections. Blurry vision and even erectile dysfunction can be early signs of the disease as well. You should also take caution if you are experiencing numbness and or pain in your extremities.
In order to be diagnosed, your doctor will perform different blood tests to confirm the diagnosis. One is testing your blood glucose level, and the other is a hemoglobin test. They may also perform an oral test, as well. Likely candidates that should be checked are those that are over 45 years old, children that are 10 years old or older and are overweight, and adults that are considered obese. When you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and to change your lifestyle. This will help you to manage your diabetes and prevent additional medical conditions. Regular visits to the doctor can help with early detection.
You will need to make changes in your diet, start exercising on a regular basis, learn what medications you should be taking, what you can take when you are not feeling well, and how to manage any medications you may have for your diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar under control is going to be extremely important to your health and well being, so be sure to listen to everything that your doctor says. Getting support will help you to manage your condition.
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