Take A Type-2 Diabetes Diagnosis Seriously!
People are reluctant to change. Many people engage in a variety of defenses and excuses when faced with the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Unfortunately, ignoring the information isn’t an answer that will help or resolve anything.
Diabetes often runs in families, and that increased risk should be weighted if you are diagnosed. Many people in the diabetic community refer to the diagnoses of ‘pre-diabetes’ as inaccurate. They sarcastically call such a diagnosis “deniabetes” because if you are diagnosed, even with very low or borderline glucose numbers, your risk of dealing with the disease during your lifetime is very high.
Many people, when diagnosed, have a ‘borderline’ blood glucose level (126mg/dl), feel that they are pre-diabetic, and that there is no need to be concerned. But if you wait until you have blurry vision or elevated glucose numbers to make long-term changes to your diet and lifestyle or seek out support groups or information, you are delaying the inevitable.
More than 26 million Americans are living with Type 2 Diabetes. Those who live effectively with the disease take on the attitude that controlling diabetes “is a partnership” (Diabetic Living- Spring). Deborah Langosch is a therapist and diabetic who considers that “When I get enough information, the challenges become less and the collaboration better.” She thinks of diabetes as something to partner with; a partnership between the patient, the disease and the medical professionals.
Small changes in diet and lifestyle can make a big difference between living healthy and an unhealthy life with diabetes. No reputable doctor will put you on some crazy diet or tell you that you have to live on rabbit food. The percent of weight loss that is recommended by diabetes organizations is 5-10 percent. Utilizing a food diary can help you inventory your diet-pitfalls and educate you on the areas where change needs to happen. Some changes include increasing your vegetable intake, reducing processed foods that have increased salt and sugar levels, reducing refined carbs and replacing them with complex whole-grain carbohydrates, reducing processed meats in favor of moderate portions of lean meats and replacing soda with water or green tea.
Exercising at least 30 minutes five days per week increases circulation, helps manage body mass index (BMI) and weight and helps boost metabolism.
Find ways to manage and reduce your stress levels. Utilize yoga or meditation, talk therapy or group-opportunities help many reduce cortisol levels and manage stress. Stress and cortisol can increase inflammation and cause complications with a host of medical situations.
The reality is that if you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you have it for the rest of your life. It may seem to go into remission if you reduce your weight or carbs, but the moment those elements return to what they were, so will the elevated blood-glucose numbers. Make peace with the reality and move forward to manage it.