Knowledge is powerType 2 Diabetes occurs when there is difficulty regulating high blood sugar levels due to developing insulin resistance and a reduced ability for the body to utilise the blood sugar. Over time the additional insulin required stresses the pancreas resulting in a slowing of insulin production. In the past, Type 2 diabetes was typically diagnosed in mid to older age groups, but diagnosis in younger adults, adolescents and even children is becoming increasingly common. As the most common form of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is often associated with lifestyle factors including low physical activity levels, poor diet, having high blood pressure and being overweight. However, the good news is this is something we have control over and here at North East Exercise Solutions, we will help you take charge of your lifestyle.
Be the success storyMessages about exercise, healthy eating and living a better lifestyle for the management of Type 2 diabetes are well backed by research and demonstrated in many success stories. You can be a success story too. All you need to do is start on your journey and get the support you need along with way so you can stay on track. You have a support team around you – your GP, Diabetes Educator, Dietitian, family, friends, and North East Exercise Solutions.
Focus on the things you can change:
1. How you thinkBeing ready to accept and implement advice is crucial for success. Getting your mindset away from self-sabotage so you are ready to act will boost your motivation and set you on the path to being the success story.
2. What you EatWhilst we recommend seeking the advice of a dietitian, especially if you are experiencing challenges with dietary change or have specific requirements, you can improve your diet by following basic dietary advice and focusing on what you are prepared to change. Common sense changes to our diet can significantly improve diabetes and weight management.
3. What you DoBeing active improves insulin sensitivity increasing your bodies efficiency in managing blood glucose levels. However, the benefits don’t stop there as you can expect improved cardiovascular health, lower fatigue and frailty, improved mood and motivation from being stronger and fitter. That’s a pretty good investment!
The call to actionFor some people, the most effective call to action may be wanting to avoid or reduce diabetes related medication. Many individuals understand the increased risk of health complications associated with diabetes including kidney disease, retinopathy or cardiovascular disease, and this kickstarts their reason to act. Others who are ready to improve their health simply need some guidance to get started and the motivation and support to stay on track. What is your call to action?