Caring for your Type 2 Diabetes – Part 2

Daily routines for caring for your Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic ailment which requires you to live a healthy lifestyle. The disease comes about when the body’s natural ability to produce and utilize insulin and glucose no longer work or no longer work normally.  Consequently, one of the effects of this is the amount of glucose (sugar) in the body becomes too high. If the body doesn’t produce enough insulin (which causes the glucose to be used as energy) the sugar levels will be high. When the sugar is not used for energy it causes damage by sticking to the inner walls of the vessels and organs.  This can lead to blindness, amputations, heart disease, and many other conditions.  It is important that when you have this disease, you get proper information on how to take care of yourself and visit your doctor regularly so that you can be able to manage it better.

  1. It is very important for you to know how to recognize and treat low blood sugar as well as high blood sugar. You should be able to plan healthy meals and abide by your plan. Keep a log of your blood sugar readings and take them to your doctor when you see him for your regular check-ups.
  2. The American Diabetes Association recommends that your blood sugar should be from 70 to 130 before meals and 1 to 2 hours after meals your blood sugar should be less than 180.
  3. When your readings are too low or too high some things to consider: are you eating too little or too much? You can best judge this by counting how many carbohydrates you are eating. Are you taking your medication correctly and on time? Have you been following your exercise plan or have you been more active than usual? Are you sick or are you experiencing stress? All of these things can cause a change in your blood sugar levels.
  4. The 15, 15, 15 Rule for low blood sugar levels will help you get your level up without over eating. Low levels will cause you to be hungry or to overeat to overcome the feeling of low sugar levels. If you feel your level is low then check your sugar and if it is low then eat 15 carbs (candy, orange juice, etc.) and wait 15 minutes. Recheck your sugar and if it is still too low you should eat or drink another 15 carbs and wait another 15 minutes. If still too low repeat the process again. After 3 times and it is still too low you should contact your doctor or seek additional help.
  5. Diabetes is a very serious condition and can lead to other illnesses or conditions if it is not managed properly. You should have continued health care and follow his directions to help manage your disease. You may also benefit from a diabetic educator and/or a nutritionist.