Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It is sometimes called ‘adult onset diabetes’ because it usually occurs in those over the age of 35, but it can occur in those younger as well. If you have Type 2 Diabetes, you body is does not produce as much insulin as your body needs. Insulin is the hormone that opens and allows the body’s cells to enable glucose to enter. When too little insulin is produced, your body’s blood glucose levels will not be within normal limits.
Changes in multiple organs and hormones in the body can be a cause of Type 2 Diabetes. The organs and hormones lose their ability to transfer the right amount of glucose into the blood. This results in blood glucose levels rising above normal levels and excess glucose circulates into your bloodstream. Following a well-managed plan of healthy nutrition and exercise can manage the amounts of glucose that organs and hormones have to control.
Balancing diet, exercise, and medicine will help to control glucose levels in the blood. Creating and maintaining good nutrition, exercise, and medicine habits can help to delay complications of Type 2 Diabetes. At Elite Medicine Clinics DFW, we can help you design a healthy nutrition plan based on the following options:
- Protein: low fat meat such as fish and turkey, beans, and nuts
- Grains: wild rice, quinoa, high in fiber and whole grain only breads and cereals
- Dairy: plain Greek yogurt, carbs should always be limited to 6 to 8 grams a serving
- Vegetables: leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and carrots.
Studies show that 90 percent of people with Type 2 Diabetes are overweight or struggle with obesity. It makes sense, then, for those with Type 2 Diabetes, or who struggle with being overweight to avoid the following food options:
- Protein: processed deli type meat, hot dogs, and packaged meat with large amounts of sodium.
- Grains: white flour, pastries, white rice, and pasta
- Dairy: high fat dairy products, chocolate milk, and added sugar products
- Fats: saturated fats (butter, cheese, gravy, and fried foods)
Is it possible to avoid or delay Type 2 Diabetes? “Reverse diabetes” is a type of diet that is similar to Bredesen’s diet. You will find an emphasis on healthy fats with moderate protein. Called a ketogenic diet, it can act as a major treatment or preventive measure for Type 2 Diabetes. What else can you do?
- Talking to one of our physicians about your risk for Type 2 Diabetes and what you can do to reduce the risks.
- Commit to healthier food choices, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise daily.
- Add a form of meditation each day for stress relief.
- Drink more water and cut out drinks with sugar.
Type 2 Diabetes can be managed the following ways:
- Healthy nutrition
- Regular exercise
- Medication or insulin therapy
- Blood sugar monitoring
Making and maintaining these changes can help you keep your blood sugar levels close to normal and can delay or prevent complications of Type 2 Diabetes.
The expert medical team at Elite Medicine Clinics DFW specializes in treatment of DM-II in obese patients. We encourage a healthy diet as a major treatment in addition to the standard medications and maintenance plans for those with Type 2 Diabetes.