The article is about things you need to learn to be able to control your type 2 Diabetes so that you can live a healthy life.
Learning to live with type 2 diabetes means learning to manage your condition. Managing type 2 diabetes means balancing glucose levels, medication side effects and preventing complications. There are five essential elements to maintaining good health with type 2 Diabetes.
Learn to control your emotional and physical stress
Stress can cause a change in glucose level which means you are at risk when under stress. You should seek help from your doctor if you have trouble controlling stress.
Monitor your blood sugar on a regular basis
Unless you monitor your blood sugar on a regular bass you won’t know if you are at your target levels or if you need to make adjustments to your diet and/or medication. This is especially important if you are on insulin because you blood sugar can go to low which can be life threatening.
Monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis
People with diabetes are at risk for high blood pressure which will increase the already increased risks of heart attack and stroke. By monitoring your blood pressure you will be able to help your doctor determine if you need blood pressure medication. This is very important because high blood pressure will cause other serious health issues if not controlled.
Keep your cholesterol under control
People with diabetes are at higher risk of heart disease and high cholesterol is a leading cause of heart disease. High cholesterol will increase the already increased risk from diabetes of developing heart disease. Watch your portion sizes when eating.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important aspects of controlling type 2 diabetes. Even over eating healthy food will cause weight gain. The key to controlling weight gain is to control calorie intake which is done by controlling portion size.
Choose a healthy nutritious diet
Plan your diet carefully making healthy food choices. Obtain help from your doctor or a nutrition expert. But make sure you eat a balanced diet and eliminate processed foods as much as possible. A high complex carbohydrate low fat diet is recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
Some doctors recommend herbal supplements that are known to regulate glucose levels. You should consult your doctor about herbal supplements. Ginger is known to regulate glucose levels and can be taken mixed with boiling water. There are also ginger teas on the market that can be used.
Living with diabetes is challenging, but there are many resources available. Let your doctor know your concerns and help you find the resources you need.