The Facts on Managing Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
A large percentage of the American population–both adults and children–are diagnosed with diabetes each year. There are two types of chronic diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Both of these types are caused by an abundance of glucose in your blood. This affects how you process sugar, which makes diet very important to people affected by diabetes.
A medical professional can help you manage the symptoms of diabetes and change your diet and lifestyle. Personalized consultations, support, and medical care are provided as part of our Family Practice health care services here at FastMed Urgent Care.
There are several key differences between the two types of diabetes. No matter which type you’re diagnosed with, you should follow the treatment and lifestyle changes recommended by a medical professional.
If you have Type 1 diabetes:
- You will most likely be diagnosed during childhood or in early adulthood;
- There is nothing you could have done to avoid getting this condition; and
- You will likely suffer from symptoms of low blood sugar, which can include nausea, headaches, dizziness, and weakness.
If you have Type 2 diabetes:
- You will most likely be diagnosed as an adult, but a childhood diagnosis is possible;
- The condition can be avoided or put off by a healthy lifestyle, including exercise, a proper diet, and a healthy weight; and
- Symptoms of low blood pressure are present only if you take insulin or other medication with this particular side effect.
About 90% to 95% of people who have diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of both types include tiredness, slow healing sores and infection, urinating often, an increase in thirst, excessive hunger, blurry vision, irritability, and weight loss that cannot be explained by a diet or lifestyle change.
While your body needs some glucose to function properly, you don’t want to have too much, as is the case if you have diabetes or some other types of chronic illnesses. Learning how to properly manage a chronic illness can significantly improve your quality of life.
Here are some important things to know about managing diabetes:
- Insulin or other medications may be prescribed by a medical professional.
- You should be eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Refined carbs, all animal products, and most sweets are not recommended for a healthy lifestyle.
- Exercise regularly. Maintaining a healthy weight is very important to help manage diabetes symptoms. Check with a medical professional before starting an exercise plan.
- Monitor your blood sugar to make sure you maintain a healthy level.
Managing diabetes requires a great deal of specialized knowledge, and you shouldn’t have to figure it out on your own. At FastMed, we’ll provide prompt, personal care and ensure you have the knowledge you need to control your diabetes.
If you believe you may be suffering with symptoms of diabetes or if you need help managing your symptoms, find a FastMed Urgent Care clinic near you right now.