Sorry to hear that you have joined us! Type 2 diabetes is a lot to live with, but it is really manageable! And if you are depressed, I can understand. Being depressed is pretty common with us, especially right after a diagnosis. In fact, if you take care of yourself, you will be healthier and happier than you ever were. That paradox is something many of us experience. Controlling diabetes may not be easy, but the list of things that you need to do is a short one: 1. Exercise daily. Most of us prefer to walk. But for people with leg problems, swimming may be the best alternative. You almost certainly have a nearby health club that you can join. 2. Eat less. Eating fewer calories improves our blood glucose even before we have any weight loss. And losing weight is usually a beneficial side effect of eating less. Almost everyone with type 2 diabetes (myself included) is overweight. I know how hard it is to get down to the right weight, but every pound you take off gives you better contro...
Noninsulin-dependent diabetes; Diabetes - type 2; Adult-onset diabetes
Often, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at first. They may not have symptoms for many years.
The early symptoms of diabetes may include:
Bladder, kidney, skin, or other infections that are more frequent or heal slowly
The first symptom may also be:
Pain or numbness in the feet or hands
Signs and tests
Your health care provider may suspect that you have diabetes if your blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL. To confirm the diagnosis, one or more of the following tests must be done.
Diabetes blood tests:
Fasting blood glucose level
-- diabetes is diagnosed if it is higher than 126 mg/dL two times
Hemoglobin A1c test
Alternative Names Insulin-dependent diabetes; Juvenile onset diabetes; Diabetes - type 1 Treatment The immediate goals of treatment are to treat diabetic ketoacidosis and high blood glucose levels. Because type 1 diabetes can come on suddenly and the symptoms can be severe, newly diagnosed people may need to stay in the hospital. The long-term goals of treatment are to: Reduce symptoms Prevent diabetes-related complications such as blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, amputation of limbs, and heart disease You are the most important person in managing your diabetes. You should know the basic steps to diabetes management: How to recognize and treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) How to recognize and treat high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) Diabetes meal planning How to give insulin How to monitor blood glucose and urine ketones How to adjust insulin and food intake during exercise How to handle sick days Where to buy diabetes supplies and how to store them INSULIN Insulin lowers blood sugar by allowi...
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