You Can Manage Diabetes with:
Fortunately, controlling blood sugar levels by changing diet can also cut your risk of complications. People with type 2 diabetes should carefully monitor carbohydrate consumption, as well as total fat and protein intake, and reduce calories. Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian to help you with healthy choices and an eating plan that will work for you.
Routine exercise, such as strength training or walking, improves the body’s use of insulin and can lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Being active also helps reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, and protect you against heart disease. People with type 2 diabetes should try to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week.
3. Stress Reduction
Stress can cause blood pressure to rise. It can also increase glucose levels in your blood as part of your “fight or flight” response. Or you may turn to food to cope with stress. All are bad when living with diabetes. Instead of letting stress take its toll, try practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or visualization. Sometimes talking to a friend, family member, counsellor, or member of the clergy can help.
4. Oral Medication or Supplementation
When people with type 2 diabetes are unable to control blood sugar sufficiently with diet and exercise, medication may be added. There are many types of diabetes pills available, and they are often used in combination. Some work by stimulating the pancreas to make more insulin, and others improve the effectiveness of insulin, or block the digestion of starches. You can also try the highly successful Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement to control your blood sugar levels the natural way, without any side effects.
Your doctor may prescribe insulin early on in your treatment and in combination with pills. Insulin is also used in people with type 2 diabetes who develop “beta-cell failure.” This means the cells in the pancreas no longer produce insulin in response to high blood sugar levels. In this case, insulin therapy – injections or an insulin pump – must become part of the daily routine.
However, with the right lifestyle (diet, exercise, enough sleep and natural supplements), you can come off insulin.
Testing your blood glucose level will let you know how controlled your blood sugars are and if you need to take actions to change your treatment plan. How often and when you test will be based on how controlled your diabetes is, the type of therapy used to control your diabetes, and whether you are experiencing symptoms of fluctuating sugars.
Talk with your doctor to find out how often you should use a glucose meter to check your blood sugar. Some testing times may be when waking up, before and 2 hours after meals, after exercise, and at bedtime.
If you don’t control your blood glucose levels, you can develop long term damage.
Over time, untreated or neglected type 2 diabetes can damage many of the body’s systems. About two out of three people with diabetes die of heart disease. Having diabetes also puts you at a two to four times higher risk of stroke. People with diabetes are likely to develop plaque in their arteries, reducing blood flow and increasing the risk of clots. This hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The longer you have diabetes, the greater the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of new cases in 2008. Controlling risk factors such as uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol reduces your risk of developing this complication. Annual screening for kidney disease and medications, which slow the development and progression of kidney disease, are used to reduce your risk of kidney failure.
High blood sugar can damage the tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to the retina, a critical part of the eye. This is known as diabetic retinopathy, and it can cause progressive, irreversible vision loss. It is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people between the ages of 20 and 74.
4. Nerve Pain
Over time, uncontrolled diabetes and elevated blood sugars create a very real risk for nerve damage. Symptoms can include tingling, numbness, pain, and a pins and needles sensation – often in the fingers, hands, toes, or feet. The damage is not reversible, but treatments can help with the pain and numbness. And controlling your diabetes can help prevent further damage.
Diabetic nerve damage can make it difficult to feel your feet and detect injury. At the same time, hardening of the arteries results in poor blood flow to the feet. Foot sores and gangrene can occur, even from a small injury. In severe cases, infections can go unchecked and result in an amputation.
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
One of the most astonishing things about type 2 diabetes is that such a life-altering condition is often preventable.
To lower your risk, follow the same guidelines for warding off heart disease:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Exercise for 30 minutes, five days a week.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Talk to your doctor about being screened for pre-diabetes.
In people with pre-diabetes, lifestyle changes and medication can help prevent the progression to type 2 diabetes.
Follow the Manna Weight Loss Program for healthy weight loss and take the Manna Blood Sugar Support tablets with each meal to control your blood glucose levels to control diabetes, but also to prevent type 2-diabetes.