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Diabetes: what you need to know about this common condition

Type 2 Diabetes: What It Is and How Do You Know If You Have It

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar also known as glucose. When your blood sugar gets too high over an extended period of time it affects your pancreas which makes your own insulin. The insulin processes the glucose into energy your body needs. In the case of a person with type 2 diabetes, your body cannot make the insulin to break down the sugar and your blood sugar rises to damaging levels which affect various other body parts. Kidney, your heart and even your eyes can be damaged or even destroyed by diabetes.


Finding out you have diabetes

When you find out you have type 2 diabetes your life as you now know it changes forever. You will need to monitor your blood sugar levels 3 to 6 times a day and possibly more depending on your activity level. This monitoring involves a pinprick in your fingers and then dropping blood onto a test strip which is connected to a small device that gives you the blood sugar content in real-time. A reading of 200 is the upper limit you would want to see and a reading of 120 or slightly lower is a good range to be. One other factor is that you MUST make sure your level does not get near 70 on the low side which is a level where you can go into shock and die. This is why you will see people carry a candy bar or soda drink with them to quickly elevate the blood sugar level up.

Living with diabetes

Your daily routine will now be to get up in the morning check your blood sugar level, and decide what to eat, It is very important to not binge eating or drinking and to spread out your intake of food/drink during the day, spikes in blood sugar are to be avoided if at all possible. A good rule of thumb is to allow 45 carbs maximum for breakfast, another 45 carbs at lunch and 75 carbs for your dinner. You can also have a snack during the day if you wish as long as it does not have more than a few carbs in it. You should check your blood sugar before each meal, and if you do any physical activity outside of normal walking or other low impact activity. High levels of activity can drop your blood sugar to very low levels and you need to avoid dropping your level to anywhere near the 70 blood sugar level.


Your diet does not have to be “boring” if you can watch your carbs, carbs breakdown into sugar so things to watch for are bread, cereals, dairy products, and of course soda. It is not to say that you have to forsake those but you have to understand the trade-off you make. Meat and Viagra pillen online bestellen is your best friend since it has almost zero carbs. For example, a 1/3 pound burger has about zero carbs but the bun you put it on may have 25 to 35 carbs in just the bun. You may consider cutting off part of the bun to lower the carbs to allow you to eat some different food or drink with the burger so you can feel satisfied with your meal.


The amount of insulin you have to take is directly affected by how in control you are with your eating and drinking and activity levels you maintain. I personally hate the injections and I have with the help of my doctor found that I can control my blood sugar with a two time a day pill called Glucophage and a single long-lasting insulin glargine injection at night. Other persons may not be able to control the blood sugar except for doses of insulin throughout the day and night, always consult with your doctor. It is common to adjust your medications up and down as time progresses.

Consult your physician

That is why you should keep a journal with your blood sugar levels (time and date and if you had eaten recently at the time of the test). This information will greatly help your doctor make sure you are getting the correct medication for your current condition. Before the last 100 or so years, before clean insulin was discovered, having diabetes was a death sentence. Today you can live a full life (with some adjustments) with the disease.

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9 thoughts on “Diabetes: what you need to know about this common condition

  • Sam Colling says:

    Diabetes is a unique disease which deals with glucose levels. In most circumstances, individuals are diagnosed at an early age. One of the most precursors of the disease are extreme thirst. As a result of the disease, the symptoms bare both economic and lifestyle costs. Insulin is always an expensive expenditure with or without insurance.

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  • Liam McNeil says:

    My good friend’s son has been living with diabetes for more than 10 years now. He’s a good kid, but struggles in school, because he has to miss a lot. They often drive to Berkley’s to test new diabetes drugs that seem to help him. It seems that the kid learned how to deal with the illness though.

  • Vincent Simpson says:

    I don’t battle diabetes, but I do study how to beat the disease and how to help others fight.With the research that I’ve completed,the foundation to this fight is diet based. What I mean bye diet based is the understanding of sugar intake. Sugar intake consist of the quality of sugar and the releasing and timing of the sugar into the blood stream. Organics are a must in this fight. The honey the maple syrup and and coconut syrups are a few examples to choose from.After these choices are made along side fresh fruit, the main idea of this fight is the choice that deals with a[slow] release of sugar into the bloodstream vs the sugars that are released quickly.

  • Dylan Turner says:

    Even though I always had a crazy diet, I ever thought I would get diabetes. I always worked out which I thought would allow me to eat whatever I wanted. However, in addition to the offbeat diet I was really burning the candle on both ends and just kept plowing through. I got he diagnosis for diabetes at age 37 which was also the same time that I felt other things catching up to me physically. I could not drink like I used to. I never over induldged liquor before, but now two beers would give me an impact the next day.

  • Edward Matthews says:

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was 31. I had been sitting at the table making crafts with my daughter when all of a sudden I felt weak and light headed. Next thing I knew I was in the ambulance. My daughter called 911. My blood sugar was 43. It was so low. That’s when I found out I had it at the ER and they made me follow up with my Family health care provider. I don’t have to take insulin, but I do take a pill form of it every morning. I miss sweets and can still eat them sometimes but not very often. I also started losing weight and exercising to maintain my health. Diabetes destroys everything, Especially your feet which I had problems with already. I am hoping for a cure.

  • Joshua Hamblin says:

    I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was pregnant with my second child. Having gestational diabetes was difficult, because I knew it was not just my life I had to worry about, but my child’s as well. I didn’t realize that this could be an issue I would be dealing with for the rest of my life. The impact that it has had on me has been unbelievable. And I know there are millions out there suffering in the same way

  • Beau Clare says:

    My husband was having many strange symptoms. I did some online research and saw that all of his symptoms pointed to diabetes. He doesn’t like going to see doctors, but I was able to persuade him to do so. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It doesn’t just affect him. It affects me as well. I am the primary grocery shopper and cook in our family. Our traditional meals were not diabetic friendly. I had to do a lot of research to see how my husband should be eating, and I had to change the way I planned and prepared our meals. We both follow a diabetic friendly diet now. We both exercise more. We both pay attention to his health. Often, I am able to tell that he is becoming hypoglycemic before he does. His diagnosis has made us both aware of the importance of good nutrition and exercise.

  • Finn Fox says:

    When I found out I had diabetes it changed my life. Not because I suffered an amputation or anything but because I made the choice to change my lifestyle. I began eating healthy and exercising way more.

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