Picture yourself five years from now if you are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes and are not caring for yourself. If you are telling yourself any of the following excuses, you would rather suffer the consequences of this disease rather than change your food selection and physical activities! These are a few of the statements made to me by some diabetic patients I have nursed: It's easier to take a drug because:
- eating properly won't make much of a difference
- eating properly takes too long to get results
- their blood glucose levels are lower
- they don't need to stop eating their favourite foods
- eating healthy foods is boring, too expensive, too time consuming
- they don't have time to change their lifestyle
- they only need to change one or two of their food choices
- they believe healthy foods don't taste as good as convenience and fast foods
The lifestyle option is far better than the drug option. Insulin is not a substitute for healthy eating, physical activity and weight loss in type 2 diabetes. Inappropriate use of insulin produces weight gain and continuing poor control of type 2 diabetes. Stop and ask yourself this question: do you think any of these people lost weight, reduced their waist measurement and lost fat from around their internal organs? So they were still at higher risk than those without type 2 diabetes with:
- high blood pressure
- high triglyceride levels
- low HDL (good) cholesterol levels
- heart disease
Fast food and convenient food is more expensive than healthy food and, when consumed daily, does not help with weight loss. This in turn leads to higher cost for more visits to your health care provider and costs for drugs to reduce blood pressure, and/or cholesterol. And those visits take time too! Type 2 diabetes can be healed, not cured, healed. Healing is something a health care provider cannot do for you. Healing can only come from within you. Having type 2 diabetes does not mean you need to die before your family or friends who do not have this condition. It is is not a death sentence.
Type 2 diabetes is more than just controlling blood glucose levels.
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Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who can help you understand your Type 2 Diabetes. Knowledge is power and it is knowledge you will need to make wise decisions about the choices affecting your life and health.
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