Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes or have been managing Type 2 Diabetes for years, there are always new ideas and resources available to make living with Type 2 Diabetes easier.
Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition wherein the body cannot properly utilize the glucose (sugar) from foods and convert it into energy. This is because the body either does not produce enough insulin or does not use its insulin properly.
While not currently curable, controlling Type 2 Diabetes is possible. The American Diabetes Association lists these six daily care tips for diabetes control:
- Choosing what, how much, and when to eat
- Getting physically active
- Taking medicine (if your doctor prescribes it)
- Checking your blood glucose (if your doctor prescribes it)
- Going to your appointments
- Learning all you can about diabetes
Food and Type 2 Diabetes
Choosing the right foods when you’re trying to control Type 2 Diabetes can feel overwhelming. Particularly because lack of a healthy diet is sometimes a contributing factor to the development of Type 2 Diabetes, learning to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range can mean learning a whole new way of eating altogether.
The good news is that learning to control Type 2 Diabetes from a dietary perspective doesn’t have to be complicated. There are small first steps you can take to improve your blood sugar levels and your health:
- Choose non-starchy vegetables
- Eat fruit — Learn which fruits are best here!
- Opt for lean proteins
- Drink lots of water
Healthy Living With Type 2 Diabetes
There are lots of other steps you can take to help make controlling Type 2 Diabetes less of a challenge:
- Meet with a nutritionist who can help you build a food plan. Many grocery store chains even have on-staff nutritionists who will help you shop.
- Consult with a trainer at your local gym who can help design a workout plan tailored to your personal needs and ability level (always consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen).
- Attend a diabetes support group or diabetes education meeting. There you can learn about current methods of diabetes management and the various tools available to you.
- Make proactive choices such as wearing diabetes med ID jewelry, carrying a diabetes supply kit, and having at least one backup for each.
Go High Tech
As with just about everything else in modern life, managing Type 2 Diabetes can be easier with technology. There are a variety of tools on the market, including smartphone apps to help you keep all of your data organized. Paper log books and books of carb counts are things of the past with handy resources.
Some apps sync your blood glucose numbers, provide estimated A1c numbers, track your CGM data, help you log carbs, provide a bolusing calculator, and even offer tips for diabetes control. Keeping all of these tools and data points in one place helps simplify your efforts at controlling type 2 diabetes. It also helps you communicate more effectively with your healthcare team when they can view all of your information with you.
Med IDs have also gone high tech, too. While a custom-engraved diabetes bracelet is the gold standard, if you have a complex medical history, a Tech ID can help you keep all of your med info up to date and accessible in an emergency through an easy-access online health profile.
Shop our full line of Tech IDs, including our two-in-one options with room for both a Tech engraving and a custom, personal engraving with your most vital med info accessible in an instant.
Managing Type 2 Diabetes
There are countless places to find tips for Type 2 Diabetes. Start with your doctor’s office. Your doctor or diabetes nurse educator should have resource materials available to help you find the local support and resources you need to live your best life with Type 2 Diabetes.
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