How to Avoid Diabetic Illness
A diabetic illness is characterized by the body’s inability to properly manage blood glucose levels. Usually, insulin — a hormone made by the pancreas — helps glucose ingested from foods get to the body’s cells and give them energy. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin well, however, glucose stays in the blood. This leads to high levels of blood sugar, which can contribute to health issues.
The most common types of diabetic illness are “Type 1” and “Type 2.” While Type 1 isn’t preventable, Type 2 is. Read on to find out how:
- Exercise Regularly: Physical activity can lower your blood sugar and boost your body’s sensitivity to insulin. This helps keep your blood glucose levels in a normal range. It’s also important to maintain a healthy weight; most patients with Type 2 diabetes are obese.
- Eat Fiber: Fiber can improve your body’s ability to control blood sugar. Foods high in fiber include beans, whole grains, nuts, and vegetables. Fiber has the added benefit of making you feel full, which can help you control your food intake.
- Get Tested: If you are age 45 or over, get an annual blood glucose test. If you find out that you are in a “pre-diabetic” state, you can still potentially avoid getting full-blown Type 2 diabetes. Studies show that heightened blood glucose levels can return to normal in pre-diabetic individuals through weight loss and increased physical activity.
Following these tips can help you avoid Type 2 diabetes, which generally develops in middle-aged and older adults. This is especially important if you are considered high risk. It’s never too late to start engaging in a healthier lifestyle to reduce your risk.
If you discover you have a diabetic illness, don’t panic; the condition can be managed. For elderly individuals who need assistance with diabetes management, professional care is available. In Arkansas, Care IV Home Health can help. Licensed by the State Department of Health, this home care provider is Medicare and Medicaid certified. Their professionals are screened and chosen for their competency and compassion, and every case is overseen by a nursing professional. Visit them online, and call the location nearest you to find out more: (479) 964-0072 for Russellville, (501) 623-5656 for Hot Springs, (479) 750-1155 for Fayetteville, or (501) 686-2400 for Little Rock