Type 2 Diabetes – How Much Do You Care About Your Health?

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You already know there is much you can do to improve your health. But what about those issues that cause harm to your well-being? Are some of those issues coming to mind? Although, if you are asked to think of the worse things you could do, what would you say? There are easy answers, like smoking and excessive drinking. Arguably, however, if you were to assume the worst thing you could do is nothing at all, you would not be wrong.

You should consider this point in the context of your long-term health. As you age, you are going to run into some complications. When these circumstances unfold, you are often given the option to do something. Such is the case with Type 2 diabetes when you find out you have high cholesterol readings or learn your hypertension has worsened. Doing nothing, in that case, is the worst possible option. Regrettably, it is the course of action for many adults.

But what about the times where issues are not present? Not surprisingly, this happens to be most of the time, unless you already have been given a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, or are already dealing with a chronic condition. During these healthy times, you are still given an opportunity to do something. Arguably, it is in these moments it becomes even more vital to act.

Prevention is more important than treatment. Why wait until high blood sugar levels surface and cause irreversible damage? Why wait, until your blood vessels become clogged before you make changes to reduce your cholesterol level? The worst you could do for your health is nothing.

What you may need to ask yourself today is how much you care about your health. If you have diabetes, does it hurt you to know your disease can exacerbate, to the point you may need an emergency intervention at the hospital? By this, we mean surgery, in which case it is unlikely you will come out unscathed.

If that is not enough to scare you, what about the fact you can expect a shorter life? If you have Type 2 diabetes in your 30’s, or younger, then the fear might be minimal. But as anyone who is older will tell you, the years seem to go by more quickly as you age. It becomes especially important to be healthy as time goes on.

You may or may not be guilty of doing nothing. Nevertheless, know there is a steep price involved. Don’t wait until you are compelled to act, because you can make improvements to your diet and lifestyle today.

Enjoy the benefits of your changes now, and for years to come.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making easy changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate some of the complications you may already experience. By  


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Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Living – Exercising Is Not a Fix for Poor Food Choices

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When it comes to exercise, many people do just fine. Not everyone has an inactive lifestyle. Some people have a job where they are on their feet for most or all of the day. Others play a sport every week because it is a hobby and they enjoy it: so they are regularly active. Some people are gym rats and are in and out of the gym on several days of the week. Not surprisingly, exercise can be addictive. It brings on a positive mood and a surge in energy levels while doing well for the body.

With that said, exercise should never be used to rationalize or attempt to fix poor nutrition. Here is what is meant by this: food is still number one. You are encouraged to exercise as much as possible within reason. It will only help you. But if you think this allows you to have greater freedom with your eating plan, you would be mistaken. Or worse – if you are using the activity as a way of attempting to fix your poor food choices.

Admittedly, much of this has to do with body weight. You will find many people do not struggle with exercising but have a hard time maintaining a healthy body weight. They might even joke about their exercise routine making them fat when they realize their body weight is not changing, or they are gaining weight. For weight loss – nutrition is number one. For health, the same often applies.

Remember, food is fuel for your body, and if you are not providing your body with high-quality nutrients, you are depriving your body of what it needs…

1. You cannot outrun the fork. Exercise as much as you like – but if you are eating more than your body needs, you will put on weight. Even if you are at the gym for two hours and having the best workouts of your life.

2. You must be careful with how you eat. Frequent meals will keep your blood sugar levels high. Insulin responses stimulate your appetite. So this means frequent meals are more likely to make you eat more, rather than less, even if your portion sizes are smaller.

3. You must also mind what you eat. Fats carry a lot of calories, so even if the whipped cream you are eating is sugar-free, it might be calorie dense. And sugars! Be very careful with them, always.

At the end of the day, you need to exercise and eat well. It is not one or the other. And never use exercise as a fix for poor nutrition.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.


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