Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 3:55:34 AMI am a 55 years old male. I have a history of type 2 diabetes running in my family. My weight is under control and I exercise regularly. Four years ago my blood sugar was 6.5 mg/dl and now I have brought it down to 6.2 mg/dl. Indian doctors do not consider me diabetic but a French doctor says I have type 2 diabetes. Can you tell me which out of this is correct? What precautions should I take, other than avoiding sugar? Is it possible to correct my sugar level through diet and exercise?
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2008 12:48:37 AMDeepakk said, "Diabetes is defined as a condition in which the body is not able to utilize the food for energy. The pancreas is not able to produce insulin and the blood levels of glucose increases." This is INCORRECT! Type 1 diabetes is "insulin dependent". Type 2 diabetes is "insulin resistant". Type 2 diabetics do produce insulin and food is utilized for energy. The problem lies in the body being resistant to using this insulin. Oral medication can be used to try and decrease the resistance to insulin or stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin in an effort to overload the receptor cells. Insulin injections are typically used next (slow vs. fast acting). A fairly new injection called Byetta is now available. This is not a hormone. It works to stimulate increased insulin production from the pancreas but only when needed (not all the time as most oral medicines work). It also inhibits the liver from dumping sugar into the bloodstream. All without the long-term negative side effects of insulin injections. One side effect they didn't plan on - weight loss. Byetta also works to slow down the movement of digested materials from the stomach into the intestines causing you to feel full faster and longer. I am sold on Byetta as it has made a significant difference in my Type 2 diabetes. My A1C is down from 11 to the mid 9's and getting better. My weight is down 15 pounds. I've had to cut back on one oral medication which is good as it is one which is linked to kidney problems after prolonged use. Beware of these natural remedies. Injesting any "medicine" or "remedy" is risky especially if it doesn't fall under any regulated testing such as the FDA to give some certainty as to what exactly you are putting into your body with that capsule, powdered drink mix, or foot detox patches sold on a very convincing infomercial.
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 10:05:06 AMHello My sister has diabetes. I don't know much about the numbers but her sugars have been in the 300-400 range for years now. She had been on all of the medications and insulin injections even the Byetta there is nothing that brings the number down. she had neuropathy in her feet and her legs are always sore. Is anyone out there familar with this.
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2008 5:15:51 AMI had type 2 Diabetes about 3 years ago. It nearly killed me and did require surgery to remove Gangrene infection. The years of Coca Cola and fast food diet did quite a number on me. One positive result was, that the experience scared me enough to to look seriously at how to make good food choices. I was fortunate in that I had a doctor who knew what I could do to help myself. She advised the obvious, avoid as much sugar intake as possible, lose weight and exercise. When you look into your eating habits, it is amazing how much sugar you get, even with "healthy" products. She also suggested that I look at Juice Plus, which is 17 fruits and vegetables in capsules, no sugar,no salt no impurities. I started taking it and within 6 months, I no longer needed insulin shots, then no longer needed Glucontrol meds and for the last 2 years my A1C tests have all been below 6. Getting the nutrition of this wide variety of fruits and veggies, every day, has helped me in many,many ways, not just the Diabetes. Frankly it just makes sense to provide your body with the fuel it needs to help itself. Juice Plus is just a simple way to help that happen. Look into it. Florida.bob i'm at Hotmail.
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 7:41:51 AMType 2 Diabetes is both a genetic disease and a disease related to lifestyle – caused due to obesity and inactivity. Once a person is diagnosed with diabetes, it is better to start the treatment process. Diabetes, if it is genetic it is not curable but it can be treated and keep in control. Type 2 diabetes is normally treated with changes in lifestyle – control diet, exercise, oral medication, injected medicines. We need to control our sugar level close to the normal range so that diabetes did not get worse over time. Exercise is very beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It works to reduce insulin resistance that in turn lowers blood sugar levels. It also has a positive benefit on cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and cardiovascular health. There are different complications include coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and heart attack. Kidney damage is equally insidious. Diabetic neuropathy, or damage to the nerves, is a process where there are no early warning signs. This is another complication. The most common form of diabetic neuropathy is numbness, tingling, or pain in the feet on both sides. Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly common disease, but not an untreatable one. Weight loss and physical activity can help prevent diabetes in high-risk individuals. The disease can be controlled with a combination of diet, exercise and medicines. So follow a healthy lifestyle and make some sacrifices. Thanks
Posted: Friday, March 06, 2009 11:46:01 AMExtra exercising is great for preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes when the person is insulin resistant. Sticking to a diet with a low glycaemic load is really important as is ensuring one has plenty of chromium and nicotinic acid in their diet. The mineral chromium stabilises blood sugar levels and tends to be low in some diabetics and people who suffer hypoglycaemia but are not clinically diabetic.
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:54:12 AMObesity, high fat food, lack of physical activity and increased mental stress give rise to insulin resistance and thus diabetes. The symptoms in Type 2 Diabetes are much less severe than Type 1 Diabetes. This is the reason why many patients of Type 2 Diabetes are unaware of their ailment until it takes a serious form. This type of diabetes is commonly associated with high blood pressure and cholesterol problems, as insulin resistance is responsible for rise in blood pressure and lipid disorders.
To prevent from type 2 diabeties,you can 1) Avoid fatty food like chicken, egg, potatoes, rice etc 2) Do regular exercise & yoga 3) Do regular morning walk as well as evening walk 4) Don't take stress and tension any more. 5) Control Blood pressure problem
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