“When 16 days ago, I was given the pleasure to live the rest of my life with type 2 diabetes” www.dietdoctor.com has posted the story of Magnus Karlsson and how he is dealing with diabetes. Magnus has started a LCHF, low carb, high fat diet. This diet causes us to eat fewer carbohydrates, starches, and sugars, and a higher proportion of fat.
“My morning blood sugar stays around 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/l) every morning and I have more energy than I’ve had in many years, as my sleeping has improved.”
His blood glucose levels have dropped and he has become much healthier.
“With exercise and a new diet even this old, tired body has awakened and my clothes are starting to be a little loose after more than 15 lbs (7 kg) have melted away.”
People like Magnus Karlsson remind us that there is a way to BEAT DIABETES! He has modified his diet in a way that allows him to eat healthily while still enjoying the food he eats. If you are interested in starting the low carb, high fat diet…
check out this article –> www.dietdoctor.com
…or ask your nutritionist about integrating this diet into your meal plans.
Psychologists are doctors of the mind.
Psychologists know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the USA. They also know that this fact can frighten many diabetics. Psychologists work to relieve anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders from diabetics. They help people with eating disorders because of diabetes. However, it is important to remember that while BEATING DIABETES, it is important to not let your numbers define you. Psychologists help remind us of this. They also help us recognize and try to reverse negative aspects of relationships formed because of a mindset gained after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Psychologists are great because they give you one on one care and help you work through the mental aspects of Type 2 Diabetes.
A nutritionist helps you plan out meals and educates you on what you are putting into your body.
Nutritionists consider your personal likes, dislikes, and medications in order to keep healthy blood glucose levels, blood pressure, blood lipids, and stay at a healthy weight. They discuss and teach you about your food portions, types of foods, and cooking styles. They help change what and how much you eat in order to keep you as healthy as possible. Nutritionists teach you how to monitor food intake and work with you to create a personalized food plan. You can think of nutritionists as food “police” for threats (high glucose levels).
A podiatrist is a foot doctor.
Podiatrists check feet for bruises and injuries, and remove warts, callouses, and corns. Some conditions that they cure are ulcers (open sores that take very long to heal) and Charcot’s foot (when bones in feet become warped. They also help decide what shoes to wear in order to ensure that your feet are safe. Another serious condition affecting Type 2 Diabetics is neuropathy. Neuropathy occurs when you lose all feeling in your feet from poor blood flow. Too much glucose in your bloodstream can keep parts of your feet from getting the blood they need. This keeps your feet from healing properly and for some, sparks the need for an amputation.
Obviously, it is very important for diabetics to have a very healthy lifestyle. Lifestyle includes your daily activities and how you live your life. Of course, it is important to exercise and eat healthy, but there are other thing that you must be careful about as a Type 2 Diabetic.
First of all, smoking is a no no. Even for a non-diabetic, smoking is extremely detrimental to health. In fact, smokers are 30%-40% more likely to get Type 2 Diabetes than non-smokers. For Type 2 Diabetics, smoking, particularly the nicotine within cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, and nicotine patches is horrible for health. The nicotine raises blood sugar by 34% and increases your chance of heart disease.
Next is alcohol. It is very important for diabetics to always wear an ID identifying them as a diabetic. Initially, alcohol increases blood sugar, but after excess drinking, blood glucose levels can get so low that you develop hypoglycemia. This is one reason not to drink on an empty stomach. If at any time, you feel sleepy, dizzy, or disoriented, ask for help and notify someone that you are a diabetic so they can contact 911 if necessary. When drinking, be sure to drink slowly and mix your drink with water, club soda, or even diet soda. While females should stick to one drink, males can have two.
1 drink = 12 oz. beer
1 drink = 5 oz. wine
1 drink = 1.5 oz vodka, whiskey, or gin
Acting? Singing? Dancing?
No, I’m talking about the triple threat in fitness: aerobics, strength, and flexibility. These are the three types of exercise that are especially important for Type 2 Diabetics. As someone with Type 2 Diabetes, it is important to balance all three forms of exercise.
- 30 MIN A DAY
- 5-7 DAYS A WEEK
- ANYTHING THAT GETS THAT HEART RATE PUMPING
- great for increasing your heart rate and lowering blood sugar
- 20-30 MIN A DAY
- 2-3 TIMES A WEEK
- ANYTHING THAT USES MUSCLES AS A BASIS FOR ACTIVITY
- especially good for Type 2 Diabetics since muscles use up so much insulin and glucose
- push ups
- pull ups
- lifting weights
- 10-20 MIN A DAY
- 5-7 DAYS A WEEK
- ANYTHING INVOLVING STRETCHING
- helps prevent soreness and injury