April 7th is World Health Day, which raises awareness about a specific public health priority. This year, World Health Day focuses on diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has been on the rise in recent years and SpiderTech thinks it is important to know the what you can do to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes or manage it if diabetes develops.
Here are the key ways to treat and prevent Type 2 Diabetes According to the Canadian Diabetes Association :
People with diabetes can expect to live active, independent and vital lives if they make a lifelong commitment to careful diabetes management, which includes the following:
Education: Diabetes education is an important first step. All people with diabetes need to be informed about their condition.
Physical Activity: Regular physical activity helps your body lower blood glucose levels, promotes weight loss, reduces stress and enhances overall fitness.
Nutrition: What, when and how much you eat all play an important role in regulating blood glucose levels.
Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important in the management of type 2 diabetes.
Medication: Type 1 diabetes is always treated with insulin. Type 2 diabetes is managed through physical activity and meal planning and may require medications and/or insulin to assist your body in controlling blood glucose more effectively.
Lifestyle Management: Learning to reduce stress levels in day-to-day life can help people with diabetes better manage their disease.
Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can lead to eye disease, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, so people with diabetes should try to maintain a blood pressure level below 130/80. To do this, you may need to change your eating and physical activity habits and/or take medication
To learn more check out these sources and resources:
- Global report on diabetes
- Diagnostic criteria and classification of hyperglycaemia first detected in pregnancy
- Use of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) in the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
- Definition and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and intermediate hyperglycaemia
- Prevention of blindness from diabetes mellitus