Are You Letting Type II Diabetes Destroy Your Quality of Life?
It may be hard to accept, but a diagnosis of diabetes late in life can actually be a wake up call that could save your life. Being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes is a frightening moment, but it can also be a sign that it’s time to start a healthy lifestyle and take control of your overall health.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type II Diabetes means that your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or your body doesn’t respond to the insulin it produces (sometimes referred to as insulin intolerance). When diabetes is left unchecked and untreated it can lead to severe problems in your body.
- Nerve Damage
- Kidney Disease
- Hearing Loss
- Skin Conditions
- Heart Disease (Your risk for heart disease doubles with diabetes)
- Foot Complications
- Blindness (Diabetes is among the leading cause of blindness)
Taking Control of Your Diabetes
Your first step it taking control of you diabetes. Here are some ways to take the control of your health and make a difference. Keep in mind that Type II Diabetes is often manageable and even curable with healthy lifestyle changes.
- Set Up A Team – Create a team of people that can guide, educate & encourage you. This can include your friends & family, who can help you monitor what you’re eating and help by having healthy choices at events that focus around eating; your primary care physician, an endocrinologist, dietician, nurses, ophthalmologist, local diabetes organizations and programs.
- Keep a Food Diary – What you eat is one of the biggest ways to control your Type II diabetes. Keeping a food diary that includes not only the food you eat but the portion size will help keep you in check when it comes to choosing foods.
- Start an Exercise Plan – Exercising is simply another word for “moving” and if you are living a sedentary lifestyle now, adding something as simple as taking a daily walk, or learning simple at home techniques from a professional can be a start to “moving!”
- Have Healthy Food Readily Available – Measure out and prepare snacks and meals so they are quick and easy. Buy fresh local produce from one of many local farms. This calendar from Brad’s Produce will let you know what local produce is commonly available in Hartford County farm markets.
- Slowly Build Your New Lifestyle & Body – Don’t expect to makeover your entire lifestyle in a day or even a week. Take it slowly by adding on a few goals each week; think in terms of small adjustments which will eventually become healthy habits.
- Keep Your Sugar Levels Checked Regularly – Your physician will explain everything about monitoring your insulin levels daily. They will also explain to you what “acceptable” levels are and what you should do if you’re feeling the side effects of high or low insulin levels.
It can often be difficult to prepare healthy meals regularly and it’s easy to skip meals or opt for faster, less healthy options. Having a Level I Companion Caregiver can make it easier for healthy meals to be available regularly along with reminding you to take your medications and check your insulin levels.
It’s important to take charge of your life and having an A-1 team helps you take control of your body as you begin your road to a healthier lifestyle. Don’t let diabetes take your health or your quality of life. Get your team together today and come out a winner!
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