Managing symptoms, prevention, healthy lifestyle
When it comes to your health, prevention, and diet can be the key to a long life free of diseases. While genetics often plays a large role when it comes to type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, there are ways to prevent it unlike type 1 which has no known preventions. Obesity, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet choices can all increase the risks and likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.
What is type 2 Diabetes?
In short, diabetes is an issue with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise above typical levels. If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. When this happens you become insulin resistant, your pancreas makes extra insulin at first but as time goes on your pancreas, working overtime is not able to keep up with the demand of keeping your blood glucose at ideal levels.
Symptoms: While the symptoms of type 2 diabetes can develop differently for each individual, here are some common symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling or numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Extreme fatigue
- Unusual thirst
- Usual weight loss
- Having a family history of diabetes
Early detection is key to managing diabetes and decreasing the symptoms, while exercise and a healthy diet can manage and control a lot of diseases, this is especially true when it comes to diabetes. Knowing what foods you should be eating can be complicated but as a rule of thumb, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, foods low in sugar, no trans fat, and nuts are a great way to start.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes you can trust the quality, compassionate, caring and knowledgable staff at Bowden Internal Medicine. We are proud to offer services in every area of your adult life from nutritional and wellness counseling, weight control, diabetes management, women’s and men’s services and everything in-between. Visit us online or call us today to schedule an appointment (901)278-9538.