Type 2 Diabetes – Avoiding Those Diabetic Complications!

Type 2 Diabetes – Avoiding Those Diabetic Complications! – Anyone with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can tell you living with this condition can be very challenging, even when you are really focused on maintaining it really well. It is an unforgiving illness that lies in wait until you temporarily let your guard down. Diabetes doesn’t always give you a second chance, nor does it allow you to bend the rules too much. As soon as there is a chance for complications to develop, you can bet they will surface.
One major factor that contributes to out-of-control Type 2 diabetes is weight. When a person with Type 2 diabetes or a person with this form of diabetes in their family puts on excess weight, it is different from when a non-diabetic does. A diabetic’s system is much more sensitive to extra weight around the abdominal area and, therefore, doesn’t make any allowance for it. As soon as excess weight is added, one of the first places it shows up is in the midsection or abdominal area. This is also the most dangerous place to carry it.
Another key factor in keeping diabetic complications under control, is to implement an exercise program. We all need to exercise, but in the case of Type 2 diabetes, the need is even greater. Burning off extra fat means it is disposed of before it has an opportunity to wreak havoc on your body and negatively impact your blood sugar levels. The fact muscle utilizes blood sugar effectively with and after exercise, is an added bonus.
Of course, none of this is nearly as effective as maintaining stable blood sugar levels. Even if you eat right, exercise and get plenty of rest, letting your blood sugar run rampant negates everything else you may have undertaken to lower it. It is important to keep a constant watch on your blood sugar, even when you feel fine. By the time you begin to experience the ill effects of low or high blood sugar levels, it is too late to stop it.
An excess use of salt is the same as the rule about exercising: we all should practice it, but unfortunately, it affects diabetics much more severely than non-diabetics. Too much salt means elevated blood pressure, decreased blood flow and it causes your heart to work harder. Anything that interrupts normal blood circulation is not good for anyone.
The bottom line in avoiding complications involves monitoring a number of areas in your life. Each one, in and of itself, is important. But combined, they represent the total package of health necessary to ensure you are able to control your Type 2 diabetes… instead of it controlling you.