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What is Adult Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted by John Richmond on Aug 29th, 2000 in Foods & Eating, Health & Exercise, Type 2 Diabetes

Adult type 2 diabetes may be a lot more common than you think. There are three different kinds of diabetes. Type 1, type 2, and gestational. Slightly more than 1% of the population has type 2.

Obesity. Being overweight increases the risk for adult type 2 diabetes. Obesity is common in approximately 55% of all people diagnosed with it. Decreasing your weight is very important because carrying excess pounds can lead to adult type 2 as well as heart disease.

Treatment for adult type 2 diabetes varies from one person to the next. How old you are, your current health profile and whether or not you have other health conditions are all taken into consideration when recommending treatment. Your physician will advise you about diet and exercise, monitoring your glucose, and other adjustment to the way you take care of yourself.

Diet is an important consideration when you find you suffer from adult type 2 diabetes. First of all you will need to control your diet so that sugar will be kept in check. Dietary changes and moderate exercise are usually the first treatments implemented. When people are first diagnosed with this disease they are given dietary advice in the hope that this will enable them to take more control over the level of sugar in their blood.

Exercise is of primary importance in the prevention and management of adult type 2 diabetes. Exercise helps keep blood glucose levels down and has other health benefits, as well. Prevention of the disease will require measures to promote exercise and reduce obesity.

Symptoms of adult type 2 diabetes can seem subtle and vague at first. But be careful and watch them closely. They include: frequent urination, excessive thirst, excessive weight loss, feeling hungry all the time, fatigue, slow healing of cuts and abrasions, and chronic infections.

Having type 2 diabetes increases your risk for many serious complications including: heart disease (cardiovascular disease), blindness (retinopathy), nerve damage (neuropathy), and kidney damage (nephropathy).

With about one out of every ninety people having adult type 2 diabetes, this disease should be taken seriously. Do your best to eat right and stay active. Get a checkup once a year and don’t forget to ask your doctor about any question you may have about this disease.

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