Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TAKING CHARGE IS NOT EASY

I have been adjusting and living with Type 2 Diabetes for nearly two years now. My goal is to lower my  blood glucose and improve my body’s use of insulin.

Following several years of feeling unwell, tires, unfocussed and not knowing what was going on, it was a bit of a relief o  find out just what it is that had been wrong. I read a statistics lately that said folks with high glucose levels can have a 20% decrease in thinking skills and memory. I used to say I feel some hungover today as I ploughed through the fog.
Diabetes is the result of the body not creating enough insulin to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in the normal range. Everyone needs some glucose in their blood, but if it's too high it can damage your body over time. 

In type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the cells in the body don’t recognize the insulin that is present. The end result is the same: high levels of glucose in your blood


While it cannot be cured, it can be managed through diet and exercise and by taking tablet medication. Healthy food choices and staying active is critically important. Losing weight helps your body use insulin better. 


One of the most frustrating things for me is going to bed after a day of respectable glucose readings o wake up with an unexpectedly high level. I know that the body compensates for long overnight fast creating a surge in blood sugar but darn it - mornings can be tough. 

Being physically active increases the body's sensitivity to glucose but the "morning effect" makes it so difficult to get moving. I try not to ask myself, why can I not get on the go but what is causing me to have these elevated sugar levels, what can I change to reduce this symptom? 

More than ever, I am anxious, sad and fearful about the this disease. 


Everyone has their own personal choices to make about the way they choose to live with their diabetes. I keep reminding myself that the only person I am cheating, when not following the road to my goal, is myself. 

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