Tuesday, October 31, 2006

More than Just Medicine

Diabetes treatment is more than just using medication. Controlling your blood sugar levels and eating right is also a crucial part of your treatment. Type 1 diabetes usually consists in daily insulin shots and a diabetes diet that will help keep the blood sugar levels normal. For type 2 diabetes, treatment usually includes some medication but overall a controlled diet. Remember that eating right and keeping your blood glucose levels is very important. If you neglect these complications such as high sugar levels can cause comas. Studies have shown that loosing wait contributes to diabetes treatments. This is due to the fact that as you loose weight your pancreas produces more insulin which in turn is used to your benefit. Always check your glucose levels to make sure that your medication and diet is producing positive effects on your body.

When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, some time is needed to check out what procedure works best in keeping your glucose level even. This is why checking your sugar level is extremely important. Furthermore, keeping a log of your sugar levels is also helpful for you and your doctor. If you start to feel nausea, fatigue, thirsty or you’re having hard time breathing, these could be signs that your glucose levels are too high. Other symptoms associated with diabetes are blurred vision, weight loss, frequent urination and extreme hunger.

Of course, treatments for diabetes will help you keep your blood glucose levels normal with less chances of developing complications but, making wise food choices will help minimize risks and help you loose weight. Taking off some pounds can make all the difference in controlling diabetes and lessening your medicine intake. Healthy eating can include less saturated fats, lean meat, law fat or fat free foods, lots of fruits and veggies and low cholesterol intake. Things you should get a lot of are fibers, but avoid salt or fried foods.

Aside from eating well, exercise is also as important. I know, taking care of yourself when you have diabetes sounds like a lot, but don't make this a routine, make it part of your lifestyle. Planning a daily exercise program or exercise at least 3 times a week is a good start off. Aside from loosing weight, you lessen your stress and depression.

Some complications that can occur with diabetes are heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, dental disease, complications of pregnancy, and amputations due to circulatory problems. If you neglect changing your life style, eating healthy and exercising the complications mentioned could affect you.

If you have not been diagnosed with diabetes yet, but have some symptoms associated with diabetes, there is a treatment for you. Glucose tolerance testing checks glucose levels in different intervals. These tests involve drinking a sugary substance and then being retested at different times, usually starting at two hours and then 30 minute intervals thereafter. What this test does is check the insulin levels that working within the body. In most cases glucose levels should be back to normal after two hours of drinking the sugary substance or eating a meal. This test helps diagnose someone who has pre diabetes and thus allowing them to begin a treatment before any damage has been done by diabetes. A pre diabetes treatment involves losing weight, exercising and in some cases taking oral medications.

About Author:
Siporah Anicama is a successful webmaster and publisher of Diabetes Care - she focuses on writing for diabetes treatments, diabetes diets, juvenile diabetes and more to keep you informed.