45 CDEs & Experts Talk About the Importance of Diet & Lifestyle in People with Diabetes
A3: People who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have the preconceived notion that they cannot get off their medication. With type 2 diabetes, it is possible to get off medication if there is weight loss, consumption of healthy foods that are nutrient dense and high in fiber; daily activity; weight loss; social support and a positive attitude. These factors contribute to controlled blood sugars without medication. However this conversation needs to occur between the patient and their doctor.
Getting into the habit of only checking blood sugars once or twice per week is an error. If one is not on a sensor then checking blood sugars is key to good blood sugar control and to understand why blood sugars either elevate or drop.
A1: According to the CDC website reported for 2016, the rate of newly diagnosed Diabetes in the United States has begun to fall but the numbers are still high with 29 million Americans living with diabetes and 86 million living with prediabetes. There are many undiagnosed as well as many who dont access medical care on a regular basis for a many number of reasons including but not limited to: cost (uninsured and underinsured) , some are scared to know if they have Diabetes (its easier to ignore it), and many live in rural areas or inner cities where access to healthcare is difficult in a number of ways.
A2: Diet, compliance to medications as well as patients being on optimal therapies and physical activity are all key to managing Diabetes. Maintaining the proper diet seems to be one of the hardest things to do as there are so many implications Continue reading