Also called Adult Onset Diabetes, Type II Diabetes is when your body does not use up the insulin your body produces in the pancreas. Your pancreas then ends up producing more insulin than what your body can use and your sugar (or glucose) levels become high. Diabetes can be caused by genetics, meaning it runs in your family and most importantly diabetes happens when we do not have a proper diet.
Type II Diabetes is treatable, however, if major lifestyle changes are not made such as a complete diet change plus exercise most people end up having to take medication. This is a life long disease and if not controlled can cause heart disease, kidney disease, eye damage such as glaucoma. Diabetes can affect your body's nervous system and if not managed you could loose a leg or two. With this being said diabetes is a very serious matter if left untreated and not managed.
It is imperative that a person who has been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes take their diagnosis seriously and completely change their lifestyle. Exercise is a must because with diabetes we tend to gain weight and it is very difficult to keep it off. Certainly, we don't want to get any larger.
Immediate dietary changes should be made. No more fast food, soda, donuts or any other type of food that is loaded with sugar. It is recommended that when grocery shopping choose foods that have less than 5 grams of sugar per serving.
Under Control in Three Months
The day my doctor told me I had diabetes I was shocked but not shocked since both Type I and Type II run in my family. However, I was still taken by surprise with the diagnosis. The first thing my doctor did was put me on medication. I am not one for taking pills.
I immediately, on day one, changed my diet completely. I only ate fresh foods such as salads and lean meats. I ate carrot and celery sticks for snacks along with fresh fruits and stopped purchasing any all food that came in a can, a box or was processed.
I was on a mission and that mission was to get my sugar levels down. With the dietary changes that I made, as hard as it was at first, within three months of eating my new healthy diet I no longer had to take any type of medication to control my sugar. I have stayed medication free since 2013.
Believe it or not I spend less money purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables and meats than when I used to eat canned and boxed foods. I most certainly am eating healthier and I no longer eat fast food.
It is All Determination
Changing your lifestyle is not an easy task. However, if I can do it you can too. All it is is pure determination. You need to have the will to take back your health and not be dependent on medication. Besides you want to enjoy your life and be their for your family don't you?
Once you change your diet and stick to it it becomes easier by the day to stay away from the unhealthy foods that are manufactured and stuffed in cans and boxes. In fact, with my family I stopped purchasing processed foods altogether and the entire family eats only fresh foods. By changing the family diet I am helping to keep my family diabetes free. It's a win win for every one.
Exercise is a must when you have diabetes. You don't have to join a gym in order to exercise. Your exercise can be as simple as walking 15 minutes per day. If you walk three times a day that's 45 minutes of walking. Before long you will be walking further every day.
If you have a dog, this is a great opportunity for you to really take your dog on a walk. Your dog will love you for it and your body will love you for it. There is no room for laziness once you have diabetes.
Only you can make Changes
You will find that with your new found diet and exercise you will not only feel better you will have more energy throughout the day. Plus you will sleep better at night with all the walking and fresh air you are getting.
Only you can make the necessary dietary changes to get your diabetes under control. If you don't want to make changes for yourself then think about your family. Your family needs you and loves you.
Part of frugality is taking care of your health and teaching your family how to be healthy too. Eating healthy is a must in order to get your diabetes under control.
Learning to Cook
Yes you do have time to cook and with your new found diet you will be cooking up some rather delicious meals for you and your family. You will discover new and exciting herbs and spices that will please your taste buds.
There is always time to cook a healthy and nutritious meal. No more excuses that you are too busy or too tired. Please help yourself and love yourself. Your family will love you for the changes you have made if not for yourself but for your entire family.
NOTE: Always make sure you consult your doctor in order to check your blood glucose levels. If you are taking medication continue to take it while you are changing your diet. Your doctor will advise you if you can stop your medication.
I am not a medical professional nor do I claim to be. This article is to be used for guideline purposes only. If your health becomes worse notify your doctor immediately.
To Health and Frugality. I have confidence you can change your diet and become a healthier person.
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