Controlling Type II Diabetes


Having Type II Diabetes can be a debilitating disease, but a disease that can be controlled and reversed if exercising regularly and eating properly.

If you are obese and have a family history of diabetes, you are at a high risk for developing this disease. You may want to consult a doctor and have your fasting blood sugar tested. Normal fasting blood sugar is between 70 and 100 milligrams of glucose per deciliter (mg/dl) of blood. Prediabetes is between 100 and 125 mg/dl on two separate tests. If your fasting blood sugar is 126 mg/dl or higher on two separate tests, you likely have Type II Diabetes. If your blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dl and you have signs and symptoms of diabetes, you might need a second test.

Signs and symptoms of Type II Diabetes include: nerve damage (especially in your lower extremities), kidney damage, eye damage, heart and blood vessel disease, and infections.

Food choices are very important for a diabetic in order to keep blood glucose levels in a normal range. A diabetic should choose appropriate carbohydrates such as vegetables, dried beans and legumes, fruit without added sugar, and 100% whole grain products. Diabetics should also include monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat instead of saturated or trans fats. Portions sizes should be limited as well as simple sugars and processed foods. Lastly, a diabetic should eat on a schedule, being consistent with time of day for meals and the amount of food consumed.

Combining a daily exercise program with proper nutrition will most certainly help to control diabetes and may even reverse the disease over time. A diabetic must be diligent with exercise and diet every day in order to keep blood sugar levels in the normal range. Contact your doctor or Bring It Home Personal Training for more information about diet and exercise for diabetics.

Source: Mayo Clinic Solutions

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