There are more than 23 million Americans suffering from diabetes. Diabetes means the body is unable to make or use insulin, and instead of moving to the cells sugar will build up in the body. This leads to a number of health issues that can include kidney and heart disease. Lots of patients who get diagnosed with diabetes believe that life is irreparably changed, but many diabetics live long and health lives. However there are still changes that will need to be made.
Types of Diabetes
There are several types of diabetes, the first is Type 1 or juvenile diabetes. Patients are often diagnosed as children or younger adults, this type is more rare and is really only seen in 5-10% of the population with diabetes. Their bodies are unable to produce insulin and must take insulin some other way. They also must keep a very close eye on blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 is the most common and there are millions of Americans who suffer from it and many more at risk from the disease. There are also many who suffer no symptoms and are completely unaware they even have diabetes. Like Type 1 the body cannot produce sufficient insulin and it comes with all the complications. However, Type 2 is far easier to manage and with the right combination of diet and exercise it can easily be brought under control.
Diabetes Care Should Begin with a Healthy Diet
A diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t mean your life is over but it does mean you will need to make some lifestyle changes. Your diet will be the first thing that needs to change. Eating a healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to suffer through bland and tasteless food. You can still enjoy a variety of foods that will work perfectly fine with your diabetic diet.
You will need to learn to eat the right food and make the right portions. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have something sweet every now and then, but you can’t live off donuts and fast food anymore. You will need to plan accordingly and you can factor in treats. You might also want to try creative ways to make your own treats that don’t have sugar.
Don’t try the fad diets trying to improve your condition, they don’t work and you could end up sicker. You need a healthy diet comprised of good fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Some of the things that you need to be eating more of are lean meats, leafy greens, non starchy vegetables, fruit and dairy products. There really is a ton of options to choose from so there is no reason to skip meals or go hungry.
Diet May Not be Enough
You may find that changing your diet may not be enough to control your diabetes. Despite the best of intentions you may still be insulin dependent, and have to either take pills or self inject insulin. You may also need to take dietary supplements to provide some of the nutrients that you need. Even if that is the case you can still live a long a full life with diabetes.