If you are diagnosed with diabetes as an adult, you
have diabetes type 2. Today, there are far too many children also
being diagnosed with diabetes and theirs is called type 1. There is
no known cure for diabetes, but you must know that taking care of
yourself is the key to overcoming the problems associated with
Taking care of yourself does not only mean avoiding sugar, but it
also means eating fiber, low carbohydrate and other foods that help
control sugar levels, and having proper and regular exercise.
Having diabetes puts a person at risk for many complications such
as heart disease, kidney and other organ failures and infections,
teeth and gum diseases, and blindness. This is a serious disease
that demands respect and concern and if not managed, will take its
toll on your health. People with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely
to have a heart attack or stroke. Diabetics are also at risk for
infections with their feet, which, if not treated, can result in
The American Diabetes Association recommends that your blood
sugar not exceed 70-120 if you are not diagnosed with diabetes. If
you have diabetes, it is recommended that a fasting blood sugar
level be up to 130. After eating, that level can be up to 180. Your
doctor will be doing an A1C test, which shows the levels of sugar in
your system for 2-3 months before the test and will let you know the
The American Diabetes Association recommends that this level not
exceed 7.0. You must make appointments and keep the appointments on
a regular basis and get this test done quarterly to know if you are
hitting the levels that are most desirable for your situation.
Any amount of exercise you can do will help keep your levels
consistently low. Ten minutes three times a day of exercise is fine
if you cannot get in 30 minutes of exercise in the day. The goal is
to bring down your A1C levels and the sugar levels in your blood.
For every 1% you can get your level down, it is thought that you can
decrease your risk of certain health problems by as much as 40%.
That is a tremendous incentive and will prolong your life and your
quality of life.
You should not skip meals to try to bring diabetes under control.
After you eat, the body will demand the pancreas to increase the
insulin output and also the liver will shut down making more sugar.
If you do not eat, these signals are not received. When you have
diabetes, these signals are not so pronounced.
So, eating small amounts throughout the day is key to keeping the
insulin levels in balance and not spiking or dropping levels. If you
do not eat, you body can become nervous, shaky, dizzy, light-headed,
and you might start to have trouble forming correct sentences. This
is called hypoglycemia when your blood sugar levels go too low.
You need to limit severely or cut out alcohol when you have
diabetes type 2. The prescription drugs taken with diabetes can have
undesirable problems when alcohol is consumed.
If you take diabetes seriously and manage the types of foods and
timing of meals and snacks as well as keeping exercise a routine of
your day, you can overcome the undesirable problems of diabetes and
live a long life. You family and friends are counting on you.
When following these treatments to control diabetes, be sure to
adhere strictly to the guidelines prescribed by your doctor for each