Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and it causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. This is also sometimes called hyperglycemia. In type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. Type 2 is treated with lifestyle changes, oral medications (pills), and insulin. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems:
It is estimated that 415 million people are living with diabetes today, which is estimated to be about 1 in 11 of the global adult population, and 46% of people with diabetes remain undiagnosed. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, as well as the aged population.
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The population of people suffering from diabetes is always growing, therefore health professionals must stay abreast of trends and treatments. Some people with type 2 can control their blood glucose with healthy eating and being active. Exercise is akin to medicine for a diabetic. When muscles contract they require energy in the form of glucose. The more
exercise, the more glucose is used, and the better diabetes is controlled.
Wilmington University has several health courses that focus on exercise and nutrition like HLT 302, HLT 321, HLT 322, HLT 324, and HLT 326. Other ways to get active are to utilize the public parks and facilities around you for exercise. The library has information about diabetes to help you on your personal wellness journey like Diabetes Self Management Magazine, which is full of recipes, exercise programs, consumer product reviews, and articles written by health professionals.
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Great article, I'll have to check out the magazine. I loved the pre-diabetic quiz link and the link to the hiking in DE page.
Thank you for reading Lynda! I highly recommend Bellevue State Park and Trap Pond for a scenic walk.
Thanks Erica for posting this article. I didn't realize that Diabetes was so prevalent. Exercise and eating right are always important. And, when you can't resist, healthy snacks such as carrots, celery and even popcorn can help.
Great point Jim! If you or anyone you know is interested in nutrition topics like smart snacking ideas, check out this article in Diabetes Self Management magazine called Smart Snacking With Diabetes.