How Will Pre-diabetes Or Type 2 Affect My Lifestyle?
Hello, I am Ty Mason of thediabetescouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. I want to emphasize that my perspective is coming from one with Type 2 and not Type 1. Our channel is primarily for those with Type 2 Diabetes and PreDiabetes. Today I want to answer the question How will pre-diabetes or Type 2 affect my lifestyle? Fortunately for this question, the answer is the same for both pre-diabetes and type 2 (for the most part). I believe there are 5 lifestyle modifications that you will need to make as one with pre-diabetes or type 2. They are (in no particular order) Physical activity Most health care providers recommend either 2 ½ hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1 ¼ hours of intense exercise each week. Moderate intensity physical activity includes: Brisk walking Cycling on relatively flat terrain Water aerobics Hiking Rollerblading Vigorous physical activity may include: Jogging Swimming lengths Cycling either rapidly or over steep terrain Skipping Weight loss The goal is to lose weight GRADUALLY until a healthy BMI is reached.
A healthy BMI range is: Between and For those with a BMI above the healthy range, your goal is to reduce weight by 5 to 10% over a period of a year. Weight loss can help to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and can enable people with existing pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes to better control blood glucose levels. Dietary changes This, in part, goes hand in hand with weight loss, but it goes beyond weight loss.
There are several different aspects to this change. Find a diet that works for you within the parameters of a healthy diet for one with prediabetes or type 2. My personal opinion is that you need to add as much fiber to your diet as possible. Fiber can be found in many Vegetables Fruits Beans and Lentils Watch common carbs. Some people count carbs, if this is something that works for you go for it. The main aspect of dietary change is moderation in everything. Reduce Stress Stress has been recognised a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. When an individual is stressed their body responds with the threat response. The human body undergoes a number of changes; stress hormones are released that increase blood pressure, a surge in blood glucose levels and activates the immune system.
Non-crucial bodily functions such as digestion, growth and repair are slowed to ensure energy is used to fight or flee the threat that is instigating the threat response. Constant stress can make blood glucose control very difficult, particularly if an individual is unaware of when they are getting stressed. Stress management techniques such as mindfulness is a simple non-toxic way to control stress related blood sugar changes. Additionally, by reducing stress levels, you also reduce the chances of developing diabetes related complications such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension and mental health conditions including depression and anxiety The Diabetes Pack This lifestyle change comes from having your diabetes supplies with you at all times. Everything from your glucose monitoring supplies to meds to snacks. Your pack becomes just a part of your everyday life after a while and you really don’t notice it.
But is certainly a change in the beginning. I have actually done videos on all these topics, search them out find out more. Education is one of your keys to fighting this disease. Don’t forget to get my new ebook and please, subscribe to our channel for many more videos like this one in the future. Thanks for watching. I am Ty Mason..
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