Managing diabetes – what a type two diagnosis means to you

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Sugar diabetes is an increasingly coming disease with the onset of type two diabetes growing at a rapid rate. As lifestyles change and the average person becomes bigger and heavier diabetes is now something that affects more than a quarter of all people over 60 in developed countries. It is an alarming statistic as the numbers have spiked rapidly in the last decade. It is not just adults who are affected either with studies suggesting that there are as many as 12.5% of all young adults now symptomatic of type two diabetes. Type one is a different issue as this is something that people are born with, whereas type two is the result of diet and lifestyle and is more self-inflicted. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes here are a few thoughts and tips to help you through the process.

Self-monitoring

It is becoming both increasingly easy to monitor your sugar levels and significantly more accurate. In bygone eras a lot of managing diabetes was by feel alone. It then moved to testing through urine samples and dip sticks. Now however the easiest way to assess your levels is to buy a glucose monitor machine and test yourself regularly. And by regularly we mean around three or four times a day. The machine requires a tiny drop of blood which it analyses and reports back on immediately. Based on the results you can then eat or act accordingly.

Managing things

Unchecked diabetes is a disaster that can cut as much as a decade off your life expectancy. But managed well it doesn’t have to be such an issue. The best ways of controlling the situation and mitigating against the disease are to monitor sugar levels closely and to lose weight. The heavier you are the more susceptible you are to diabetes so the goal should be to not get the disease in eth first place.

Can type two be reversed?

This is a good question and one that is best answered by a doctor. There are a number of schools of thought in this area with one very vocal group suggesting that it is entirely possible. Suggestions are that lowering glucose intake is not the way to remedy the condition, rather it is suggested that a ketogenic diet or ‘banting’ is the way to go to effectively reverse the diabetes and return to a healthier state. This is however a controversial opinion and one that is best discussed face-to-face with a doctor or dietician.

Chocolate is still okay

There are very few people who don’t love a chocolate from time to time and for many newly diagnosed diabetics there is the belief that they will never be able to eat a chocolate again. This is not the case however and you will still be able to enjoy their sweet delights despite the diagnosis. The reality is that you might have to cut down on your intake and that you should never consume it on an empty stomach, but it is still okay to eat. Dark chocolate is certainly preferable if you are going to indulge and you should also focus on fewer high-quality treats as opposed to lots of cheap chocolate. Savour the moment and make it count!

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