Type 2 Diabetes Treatments – Managing Your Blood Sugar Level

Type 2 diabetes treatments are all focused on the same outcome and that is to keep your blood sugar level in the target range set by your doctor. By preventing high blood sugar levels, you can avoid or delay potentially serious health complications such as cardiovascular disease, blindness, or damage to your kidneys and nervous system.

Type 2 diabetes treatments require changes in your daily living and the creation of healthy lifestyle habits. When new healthy habits are adopted you help your body improve its response to insulin and more easily control your blood sugar.

Here are the type 2 diabetes treatments, note that many of the treatments are under your control:

  1. Follow a healthy diet. Your doctor and nutritional advisor will help you customize a healthy diet. Common dietary recommendations include a diet high in fiber and low in fat, sugar and salt. This type of diet helps minimize fluctuations in your blood sugar level.
  2. Get regular exercise. Exercise helps your body’s response to insulin, which means your body can more efficiently move sugar out of your blood and into your body cells where it can be used for energy. This could potentially reduce your need for medication. Exercise also promotes weight loss.
  3. Maintain a normal body weight. Too much fat makes it difficult for your body to respond to insulin, which complicates diabetes. "Almost 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight"(1). Learn more about the benefits of following a diabetes type 2 diet.
  4. Closely monitor your blood sugar levels. An important task that goes hand in hand with type 2 diabetes treatments is the close, daily monitoring of your blood sugar. By noting what foods and activities influence your sugar levels, you can better balance diet, exercise and medication.
  5. Work closely with your medical team. Everyone is different and no two diabetic patients will have the same needs. This is why it is important to work closely with your doctors and nutritionists.
  6. Take your recommended medications or supplements. It may be necessary to supplement your healthy lifestyle habits with medication or nutritional supplements, be mindful and take them as recommended.

There are many type 2 diabetes treatments that are under your control, by changing unhealthy habits and closely monitoring of your blood sugar, you will be able to manage this disease and lead a long and successful life.

(1) The Obesity Society (2010). Your weight and diabetes. Retrieved from http://www.obesity.org/information/diabetes_obesity.asp

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