Sunday, February 5, 2012

Type 2 Diabetes - Critical Tips for Diabetics

It is true Type 2 diabetes is at epidemic levels world-wide... isn't that amazing, it's not a condition that is transferred by a virus! Not like the flu, yet it's up and running affecting people in all age groups. Although it is affecting younger and younger people, its primary candidates are mature people. As well as dealing with the effects of aging, there is then the need to change a lifestyle you have become accustomed to. And feeling deprived of favorite foods, and added to that a fear of developing a complication are further stresses to deal with.

It is true Type 2 diabetes requires constant attention. If you don't give it the attention it commands, there are sure to be dire consequences. Even if you decide not to be diligent about monitoring your blood sugar like you should, there are still some key points that you need to keep in mind.

Here are 5 tips to use, no matter what your age:

1. Watch out for foods that contain hidden fats, especially saturated ones. Fats are not good for anyone, but they are especially bad for diabetics. They can easily throw off the diabetic's already delicate system.

How do you find hidden fats? You first have to read labels. Don't assume the food is healthy, even if it carries a healthy sounding name. Everyone has a different definition for what they consider healthy. When manufacturers define a particular food is healthy, they aren't always taking people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes into consideration.

2. Another way is to be extra careful when you eat out. Restaurants are more interested in making food taste good than whether or not it is healthy. One of the downfalls of eating out is the huge portions of meat and dairy they often serve you. Think about ordering the "junior" portion of meat, prime rib, and steaks when they are available.

3. Visit your doctor regularly. There is a reason why your doctor wants to see you at specific intervals. It's because they need to make sure you are correctly monitoring your blood sugar levels. They also need to ensure that there are no new developments in your health.

If you have to re-schedule an appointment, then make it up as quickly as possible. If there aren't any problems then you have peace-of-mind. If there is something you need to be made aware of, then you would want to know about it as soon as possible, right?

4. Visit your dentists twice yearly. Many people avoid the dentist. But diabetics, of all people, can't afford to allow this to happen. Why? Because besides looking after your teeth, your dentist can also inform you if they see any complications in your mouth. People with diabetes have a higher incidence of gum disease. This can happen at any age, so make sure you perform good oral health morning and night.

As you can see there are several telltale signs that show up first in your mouth. Having someone else besides your doctor looking out for your condition is always a good idea.

5. Take good care of your feet. A diabetic's feet are one of the first places they will experience trouble. Even when all else appears to be fine, problems with you feet are a warning there is an underlying issue. Nerve damage, tingling sensations, infections, cuts that won't heal and numbness are ways your feet are trying to tell you they need attention. Make it a point to routinely inspect your feet... thoroughly.

It is hard to realize the readings on your glucose meter do relate to the future health of your body, especially your feet and legs. Keeping your blood sugar in the ideal target range each day, is worth so much when it comes to your entire body, not just your feet and toes. If you think and act on the small stuff, you can get huge results.

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