You may or may not know much about Type 2 diabetes. It is frankly irrelevant because what matters is you are at least aware of the disease. The dramatic rise in the prevalence of this form of diabetes is a recent phenomenon and is closely tied to the increase in obesity. There is also a link to heredity playing a role, and a strong family history of Type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for developing this condition.
We are fortunate to live in a time where we know so much about diabetes. There has never been a better time to prevent and treat the disease. Despite these advancements, however, an explosion in the number of people diagnosed with this disease has occurred in recent generations. Numbers are at an all-time high: Type 2 diabetes is becoming the biggest epidemic of our time.
Type 2 diabetes does not develop by coincidence as some seem to believe. And while the presence of certain genetic factors may leave someone predisposed to the disease, it does not need to be the determining component. If you have close relatives with diabetes or if you are part of a high-risk ethnic group, living a healthy lifestyle becomes more important.
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, even stopped in its tracks. A healthy diet and an increase in physical activity can reduce the risk by over 50 percent. It has been found intervention has been able to restore normal glucose tolerance in people with early stage Type 2 diabetes.
There is no single way to approach the treatment and management. As the saying goes, “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” If you are looking to lower your blood sugar levels and lose weight, know you are not limited in the way you do this. We encourage you to consult your doctor for advice because he or she will be able to point you in the right direction…
- anti-diabetic medications will be a feasible option for many.
- insulin injections can be very helpful, particularly for those with severe cases.
But you should know drugs need not be a long-term solution. It is unwise to rely solely on unnatural methods to treat a disease that can be dealt with naturally. If it can be self-treated through a healthy lifestyle, why plan to take medications forever?
In any case, ultimately it is your lifestyle choices that will help you treat Type 2 diabetes and keep it at bay once your blood sugar returns to a healthy range. Set goals for yourself and see them through.
Straightforward and modest lifestyle changes pay off with big dividends.Type 2 diabetes can be self-treated – if you are willing to put in the work!