Firstly, let us begin by saying the message under this discussion is not necessarily directed towards you. But since we have to consider the average Type 2 diabetic, we need to focus on a general message. When this form of diabetes is diagnosed, the facts and figures about the epidemic recede and then it becomes a deeply felt personal issue. Whether you can fully treat your blood sugar level or not is not the point. Rather, at the very least you should try to manage it. The last thing you need is to see your blood sugar levels and weight get so far out of control; your health goes on a downward spiral. So far, drug therapy has proven to be less effective than lifestyle modification. It is hard to recover once the worst-case scenarios come into play. Unfortunately, there are long-term complications connected to prolonged periods of high blood sugar. You probably know some of them …
- damage to blood vessels (vascular problems), and
- difficulties with the feet, eyes, nerves, and skin, as well as
- kidney, urinary and sexual functions.
Some of these complications carry lethal ramifications, whereas others are inconvenient.
After the gloom, you should not get down on yourself. It is crucial to be realistic and cognizant of what may occur to you. But that does not mean you can not prepare yourself for the worst, as you hope for the best.
In reality, if you make the right decisions, there is a lot you can do to improve your situation. Much more than you may think. Your current attitude towards elevated blood sugar levels may be giving you an incredibly narrow perspective.
Do not see Type 2 diabetes as an obstacle to healthy living. See it as an opportunity to instill new habits to improve your health for the rest of your life. For instance, you must now learn to control your blood sugar. So start controlling your intake of unhealthy carbohydrates; both the quantity and quality of carbohydrates determine the glycemic load of a meal. The total amount of carbohydrates consumed is the strongest predictor of how high your blood sugar is going to be. Start exercising if you have not already. And if you are already active, change your routine around. Resistance training, for instance, is commonly overlooked, which is inconvenient because it is an incredibly efficient way to lower your insulin resistance and blood sugar.
Just knowing healthy eating and physical activity will help to maintain lower blood sugar levels should be enough motivation to get you started. Becoming more physically active may also mean you have less trouble changing your eating style. The benefits of exercise outweigh any risk in almost every person, but consult your doctor about any precautions you should take before you start-up. Managing your Type 2 diabetes is an opportunity to improve your overall health. You will not have a better opportunity to set things straight.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, now is the time to take control of the disease and take back your life.