Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? If not perhaps you have a condition known as prediabetes. Whatever the case may be you need to be aware of your condition and start to do something about managing your type 2 diabetes before you end up with a more serious condition like type 1 diabetes. Take it from me you don’t want to go there.
I don’t mean to scare you but if you suspect you have diabetes then you need to act immediately to control your blood sugar before it gets out of control. Diabetes is defined as a condition in which your body is unable to properly use and store food for energy. The body’s energy comes from glucose which is a form of sugar. This glucose originates in foods such as fruit, milk, some vegetables, starchy foods and sugar.
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce enough hormone known as insulin. This insulin helps to control the level of glucose in the blood. With type 2 diabetes an insufficient amount of insulin is produced and the glucose is allowed to build up in the blood rather than be used for energy.
Before your diabetes gets too advance that are some things that you can do to help reverse your condition without having to resort to any medications which could be quite costly.
- Try to east three meals per day at regular times and space them out so they are no more than 6 hours apart. By doing this it will help your body control the glucose levels in your blood. If you need to you may snack but make sure it is a healthy snack.
- You need to limit the amount of sweets such as sugar, regular pop, desserts, candies, jam, honey and juices that you eat. The more sugar you consume the higher your blood sugar will be. It’s OK to substitute artificial sweetners.
- When it comes to high fat foods such as fried foods, chips or pastries you want to make sure you limit the amount you consume. Fat foods result in weight gain which is not good. Keeping your weight down helps control your glucose and also is healthier for your heart.
- Increase the number of high fibre foods you consume. These foods include whole grain breads and cereals, lentils, dried beans and peas, brown rice, vegetables and fruits. These food that are high in fibre will help you to feel full and may lower your blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
- When you are feeling thirsty, drink water. If you drink regular pop and fruit juice you will raise your blood glucose levels.
- Make physical activity part of your life. Adopting a regular physical activity regime to your daily routine will improve your control of your blood glucose.