Living with type 2 diabetes does not have to be overwhelming. It is true that diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to serious complications if it is not properly managed, however, with the right outlook and the help of your diabetic health care team you can learn to thrive with type 2 diabetes.
"Management concentrates on keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal ("euglycemia") as possible without presenting undue patient danger. This can usually be with close dietary management, exercise, and use of appropriate medications"(1).
Advancements in managing blood sugar levels and living with type 2 diabetes have been made in the past few years due to achievements in research, which have led to new treatment options; education improvements, which have led to earlier diagnosis; and the advances in home blood sugar monitoring devices.
Here are some tips to help you live better with diabetes:
Living with type 2 diabetes can be mentally challenging as you adapt to the daily routine of monitoring your blood sugar, adhering to a diabetic type 2 diet, and adding exercise. But by educating yourself, staying positive and working closely with your health care team you will find that living with type 2 diabetes can work.
(1) Wikipedia (2010). Diabetes mellitus. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_mellitus