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Managing Type II Diabetes

Managing Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetes is a serious health condition that affects millions of individuals living around the world. While type II diabetes was once considered to be associated with those only in their golden years, many adolescents—and even children—have begun to develop the disorder more and more frequently. In most cases, patients who are diagnosed with type II diabetes are encouraged to rely on prescription medications and insulin injections to keep blood sugar levels in check. However, there are a number of other, less invasive techniques that can be just as effective when it comes to the management of this condition. Research shows that regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate rest, and checking blood sugar levels on a regular basis is highly successful when it comes to the regulation of type II diabetes.

Exercise

Lately, we hear more and more about the importance of exercise—not only for weight loss, but also for the management of a number of chronic and acute health condition. According to the National Institute of Health, regular exercise is one of the best forms of treatment for individuals who suffer from type II diabetes. While any type of exercise is better than none, that which is cardiovascular in nature may provide the best results. Walking, jogging, biking, or swimming for at least 150 minutes a week can have highly beneficial results for those who have been diagnosed with this serious condition.

Diet

Diet is also an easy, non-invasive form of therapy for type II diabetics who hope to keep blood sugar levels in check. For best results when it comes to the management of diabetes, patients should limit the amount of carbohydrates consumed on a regular basis. Reading labels, “carb counting,” and eating adequate amounts of lean protein and healthy fat is also important for diabetic patients. Those who have concerns about the appropriateness of their diet may want to consider consultation with a registered dietitian who is experienced in the field of diabetes management.

Adequate Rest

Most individuals lead exceptionally busy lives. Between work, family obligations, and other duties, getting eight-hours of sleep can sometimes feel impossible. While getting a full nights’ rest can prove to be quite a challenge, experts believe that it is crucial when it comes to the management of type II diabetes. Limited rest does not allow the body to fully recuperate from a difficult, and can cause blood sugar levels to rise dramatically.

Regular Blood Sugar Checks

Finally, checking blood sugar levels on a regular basis is crucial for those diagnosed with type II diabetes. Checking blood sugar levels consistently allows patients to have a better idea of where they stand in regards to their current glucose control, and may guide dietary or physical activity-related changes. Depending on the severity of the condition in question, patients may need to check their blood sugar levels once a week or several times a day. Those who have never monitored their blood sugar before should consult with a pharmacist or primary care physician for more information.

Joan Evans (28 Posts)

Joan Evans is a mental health specialist and has a great interest in personality disorders. In her spare time she likes to go to the woods with her golden retriever, Leroy, and write fiction.