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In terms of diabetes, there are 3 main forms of it: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes only occurs in pregnant women, and usually goes away after they deliver. Type 1 diabetes is often considered more serious, but you are typically born with it. Type 2 diabetes is unique in that your lifestyle and diet choices can cause it, but not always. Here are some things to know about this form of diabetes.

 

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a form of diabetes that causes you to have extremely high blood sugar (glucose) levels. This typically occurs because your body is not using insulin in the right way, which leads to insulin resistance. This can cause a lot of other health problems as a result, including raising your blood sugar levels to a dangerous level. This is the most common type of diabetes, but also one of the easiest to manage. Some people are even able to combat diabetes with the right lifestyle changes.

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What Are the Risk Factors?

While anyone can develop type 2 diabetes, there are certain groups of people that are at a higher risk for getting it. This doesn’t necessarily mean you will get it, but that you are a high risk and should monitor your diet and blood sugar levels more closely. For example, it tends to be more common among Asian Americans, Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans. It is also more common with people who are older. Being obese and/or following a highly processed and high sugar diet can also lead to diabetes, as well as having it run in your family.

 

How do You Know You Have it?

The only for sure way to find out you have type 2 diabetes is by talking to your doctor, but there are also some signs and symptoms to look out for. Some of the more common symptoms of this form of diabetes are weight loss, a change in your appetite, especially increased hunger, and increased thirst with more frequent urination. Some people also notice their vision is blurry, they are more fatigued, or have areas on their skin that appear darker than others.

 

What Are the Treatment Options?

It can be scary when you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but don’t worry; it is manageable for the majority of people. The important thing to remember is that the better you are at managing your diabetes, the less likely you are to deal with the complications that are often scary to think about. Treatment involves monitoring your blood sugar levels, taking medication and doing insulin therapy possible, and following a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

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I wanted to talk about this topic because it is absolutely possible to prevent and even reverse Type 2 Diabetes (but you cannot reverse Type 1).  Yes, it’s possible! and emerging studies looking at lifestyle medicine and prevention support this! But I always tell my patients that you must be dedicated and diligent in adopting a healthy lifestyle to get the best results. You can create certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, to help break the cycle of this chronic disease so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.

 

I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve your blood sugar levels, maybe reverse type 2 diabetes. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.

 

Tools For Diabetes Prevention and Monitoring

Blood Sugar Monitoring

As you know, I always stress the importance of taking control of your health. Monitoring your blood sugar levels is one of the best ways to do this. To do this, a single drop of blood is collected with disposable lancets and placed on a disposable test strip, which you insert into a home blood-sugar monitoring device, called a glucometer.

 

The common times for checking your blood sugar are when you first wake up (fasting), before a meal, 2 hours after a meal, and at bedtime; however, you should check your blood sugar as many times a day as your health care team suggests.

 

Monitoring your blood sugar level provides you and your doctors with important knowledge about how food, activity, medication, stress, and other elements might affect your blood sugar levels. This data will assist you and your doctor in developing a therapy plan that is suited to your demands.

 

There are several types of blood glucose meters, lancets, and test strips to choose from. I often recommend this glucometer, lancets, and test strips.

 

Weight Monitoring

Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases such as diabetes, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).

 

Physical Activity

Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity actually improves insulin sensitivity. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.

 

I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.

 

Yoga

Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.

 

Resistance Training

Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Here are some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.

 

Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.

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Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet and regular physical activity are the best ways to prevent diabetes. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

Stay healthy,

 

Dr. Nicolle

 

PS. I am always asked what tools and resources I recommend to help you reach YOUR health goals. Here is the ever-growing, always updated list for you.

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