Living With Type 2 Diabetes
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Living with Type 2 Diabetes is not easy. The disease for many is something that plagues their lives negatively on a daily basis. Continuous monitoring is a must when living with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes can be managed for most but is a very hard undertaking for most.
What is Type 2 Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association Type 2, Diabetes is “the most common form of diabetes—and it means that your body doesn’t use insulin properly. And while some people can control their blood glucose levels with healthy eating and exercise, others may need medication or insulin to help manage it.”
Type 2 Diabetes is believe it or not the most common type of Diabetes. No one’s way of eating, exercising, or monitoring is perfect. Something that may work for you or me may not work for the next patient. It is important to take into consideration your personal needs and goals. For instance, if you are not someone who enjoys exercising it may be a challenge for you to push yourself to hit a gym. It may be more enticing to simply go on a walk in your neighborhood, or at your favorite local park.Total Diabetes Supply
What is A1C?
A1C is the average measurement of glucose in your body for the past two or three months. According to Diabetes.org
Diabetes is diagnosed at an A1C of greater than or equal to 6.5%
|Normal||less than 5.7%|
|Prediabetes||5.7% to 6.4%|
|Diabetes||6.5% or higher|
Diabetic Friendly Foods
- Green Salads with Veggies
- Chic Peas
- Dried Beans
- Low Fat Dairy
- Healthy Fats / Oils
- High Fiber Foods
Below you will find some foods suggested to help manage Diabetes.
|Protein||Fruits and vegetables||Dairy||Grains||Healthy fats|
|beans, such as black, kidney, and pinto||fresh fruit, like apples, avocados, berries, citrus fruits, kiwis, melons, and plums||reduced fat cheese or small amounts of regular cheese||whole grains, such as brown rice, wild rice, whole oats, barley, farro, and quinoa||monounsaturated fats found in avocados, olive oil, nuts, and canola oil|
|nuts and nut spreads, like almond butter, cashew butter, and peanut butter||nonstarchy vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, eggplants, kale, mushrooms, okra, salad greens, and tomatoes||low fat, low added sugar yogurt||whole grain foods, like whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads — the first ingredient on the label should have the word “whole” in it||omega-3 fats found in oily fish, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds|
|oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines||canned fruit without added sugars — look for words like “packed in its own juices,” “unsweetened,” or “no added sugar”|
|whole eggs||dried fruits, like cherries, figs, prunes, and raisins|
|poultry, including chicken, turkey, and cornish hen|
|hummus and falafel|
|lentils, such as brown, green, and yellow|
|tofu or tempeh|
If you have family or friends that are diabetics then you are fully aware that there are days that are great and ones that are not so great. I call them tired days. There are days that you feel blah and really just kind of worn down. When those days are upon me. I make sure that I stay hydrated, take my vitamins, meds, and rest if needed. I also can tell a difference when I am starting to have issues with my sinuses, or allergies. Weird I know. But Its really like my body just tells me hey you’ve picked up germs.
You can let the water cool and drink or if you are like me I will just continue to add water and keep simmering for the day. Drinking lemon water is not only a Diabetic friendly beverage, it is full of antioxidents and vitamin C.
Skip The Sugar & Carbs
Ok, so this is a doozie I know. However, monitoring your sugar and carbohydrate intake is a must. I have completely overhauled what I eat everyday. 95% of the time I drink ice cold water. However, in the mornings most times I do make coffee with my sugar free creamer of choice. Every once in a while I will also have diet coke. Snacking options are getting better for people who live with Diabetes. You can find a lot of options through Walmart, Sam’s, or Amazon.
Living with Diabetes is definitely a challenge. Doing what is best for your is always the best way to live your life. Make the necessary changes to keep yourself happy and healthy for decades to come. As always tomorrow is not promised so live today to the fullest.
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