I have been blogging and writing articles about diabetes 2 since 2009. My blog was previously at http://takecontrolofdiabetes.blogspot.com and several of my articles have been published on ezinearticles.com.
My background is in Human Resources and Office Administration as well as Direct Sales, but my medical training is in Elder Care as a Certified Nursing Assistant so nothing on this blog should be considered a medical opinion, except where quoted as such. However, I do have real life experience with diabetes as my mother was a type 2 diabetic for over 20 years and for the last 10 years of her life she was in my care. You can read more about this on the “About Yvonne” page.
In 2005 I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and knew that with my family history as well as my ethnicity, both placed me at high risk for diabetes 2. I needed to take action immediately to prevent this diagnosis from escalating. I immediately visited the libraries, borrowed many books and devoured the contents. I also searched diligently for information from online sources. Thankfully I’ve not yet Read more
In 2005 my doctor gave me the news that I was a borderline diabetic, or as it’s often referred to as pre-diabetes. He said I should immediately start monitoring my blood sugar. He was a very conservative doctor, and although I subsequently went to another doctor who told me I was not diabetic at all, I choose to take my original doctor’s warning to heart.
Because of my family history, my age, and my race, three factors that put you at high risk for diabetes, I continued to monitor my blood sugar and incorporated good eating habits and exercise, which are vital to pre-diabetes as well as diabetes 2 management.
Recently I’ve become very lax in doing all the things that are necessary to keep pre-diabetes under control, and this post is designed to be a reminder to myself of what I need to be doing on a regular basis, as well as making myself publicly accountable.
One of the challenges I’ll have to overcome is eating late at nights since I manage multiple businesses from home, but also provide geriatric care away from home late evenings. The tendency is to snack on something when I return home late at nights.
I’m committed to post once per week with updates on my progress. One of the programs I’ll be using is at http://budurl.com/ciderbenefit.
Iif you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes what challenges do you ace to keep pre diabetes under control? Please share in the comments.
Invariably when someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes their reaction ranges from shock to disbelief. Shock (“There is no way I could be diagnosed with diabetes! Neither of my parents had diabetes.!”); denial (I don’t believe it! I need to get a second opinion.”).
While each person may react differently, there are changes that everyone should make in their lifestyle immediately in order to manage type 2 diabetes. The following are three areas that must be given attention:
Exercise and Fitness: Exercise is recommended as an integral part of everyone’s daily activities, but it plays an even more important Read more
Proper foot care is an essential part of diabetes management. Before
starting my research on type 2 diabetes seven years ago, I found it hard to
understand why so many people who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes had amputations.
Being a diabetic does not automatically mean you will lose a limb, but amputations start with infections, which may in turn start with ‘simple’ pressure spots or bruises.
Following are 7 foot care tips that can help you avoid serious complications:
For many persons with Type 2 diabetes, air travel can be stressful because there are many things to keep in mind. Here are three recommendations that can help to reduce stress for air travel in both the planning stage and the actual trip.
1. Visit your health care provider prior to going on your trip for a check-up. If you have not had one in the past two months, an AIC test is recommended to assess your blood sugar level performance, as well as to ensure that your cholesterol and blood pressure readings are ok.
If your trip is taking you overseas, before you go for your medical appointment it would be a good to do research to find out if there are any medical warnings or alerts in effect for the country you will be visiting. Arrange to get your shots during your medical visit.
2. A number of factors can affect your blood sugar levels when you travel. It’s recommended that you wear a medical ID that clearly Read more
Persons who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes are told that incorporating an exercise program is one of the most effective ways to stave off the onset of full-blown diabetes. If you have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you know that exercise is very effective in the control, and even reversal, of diabetes.
It’s important to note, however, that before you exercise there are some points you should consider:
The metabolic syndrome is a group of obesity-related risk factors for coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. A person has the metabolic syndrome if he or she has three or more of the following risk factors:
You already know that one of the best natural remedies for controlling or even reversing Type 2 diabetes is exercise. The challenge for many is finding an exercise program that you will do consistently.
Choose Activities You’ll Enjoy: Consistency is essential so choosing activities you’ll enjoy is the first step. If you do not enjoy what you’re doing there’s no way that you’ll stick with it on a long-term basis.
Types of Activities: There are many types of exercises you can engage in, but here is a list of recommended activities that you could do with some consistency.
Brisk walking – Start slowly and work up to brisk walking of 30 minutes per day. In the beginning you may be able to do 10 minutes three times per week, but don’t let that discourage you. Keep at it.
Yoga – This should be done under supervision
Dancing – Jassercize and Zumba are very popular right now Read more
Stress is a part of a complex response that not only affects our emotions but our body’s metabolism as well. It is a natural survival response which occurs when we feel threatened by thoughts or external stressors. When we are in a stressful situation, our circulatory system shoots up and blood is pushed rapidly towards different parts of the body to the organs and systems that protect us against these threats, As a consequence, this increases our blood pressure.
Stress is particularly dangerous for people with type 2 diabetes. The hormones the body releases as part of the fight response are actually meant to prepare the body for quick action. These hormones break down stored glycogen into blood glucose, which the body should be able to use for energy. But people with type 2 diabetes cannot effectively use this extra glucose for energy, so the result is a rapid rise Read more
When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, it can be devastating news. Everyone’s reaction is different, but the common initial reaction always seems to be shock and the actions taken by each person can go from one end of the spectrum to another.
One of my peers was diagnosed with diabetes 2 and she went into deep depression that took some time and therapy to overcome. Another was told she was pre-diabetic and went from a size 14 to a size 8 in just a few months as she changed her eating habits so radically because of her intense desire to avoid a diagnosis of full-blown diabetes 2.
While the health implications should not be minimized, understanding what the disease is and what changes you can implement to assist in leading a healthy life are important in controlling Type 2 diabetes. Making a few lifestyle changes and ensuring you have regular checkups with your healthcare provider to monitor your progress are important in maintaining a healthy life. With a few simple lifestyle changes you can enhance your quality and length of life.
Type 2 Diabetes Statistics
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes that is diagnosed in people today, and it was formerly thought that this mainly affected persons over 30 years old. Those statistics have changed significantly!