Where to Start When Trying to Self-manage Type diabetes 2?
Posted by admin, Dated 14-10-2013
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE FOODS THAT CAUSE YOUR DRAMATIC BLOOD SUGAR SPIKES
Self-management of your Type 2 diabetes can seem like a really daunting task.But I would like to add it is a very rewarding task for all who do it correctly, namely blood sugar levels dropping regularly and reducing the need for medication or insulin. Hopefully, this article can give you some pointers of where to get started because whether you have had Type 2 diabetes for years, or have recently been diagnosed – just know you do not have to live with it, nor does it have to be a death sentence.
According to the WHO (Worldwide Health Organisation), 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. Plus, in 2004, an estimated 3.4 million people died from consequences of high fasting blood sugar levels. These numbers are just too serious to ignore. What this means is the general conventional treatment plan used across the board to treat Type 2 diabetes needs to change, and fast. After all, Type 2 diabetes is a modern day lifestyle disease that largely comes about from making the wrong food choices on an individual basis, combined with a lack of exercise. For some, drinking alcohol and smoking on a regular basis can be other negative lifestyle factors that can contribute to triggering the disease.
So, if a person’s ‘lifestyle and diet’ is the main cause behind triggering Type 2 diabetes – it seems logical this should be where we look to apply treatment first.
How do I go about starting to self-manage my Type 2 diabetes?
A crucial place to start when looking to treat diabetes yourself is to document the effect all the food you eat has on your blood sugar, and to find out which ones cause a large rise to your blood sugar. Remember, all food will cause your blood sugar levels to rise somewhat as this is how we raise our energy levels so we don’t feel flat line all the time. What you specifically need to look out for though, are sudden large rises in your blood sugar levels.
The simplest way to do this is to make three food lists:
List 1 – Food you eat every single day
List 2 – Food you eat every second and third day
List 3 – Foods only eaten once a week or less
Then choose one of the foods you eat every day (let’s call it ‘white rice’), and avoid it completely for five days. On the sixth day, take a blood-sugar measurement in the usual way (i.e. with a finger stick test strip or an electronic device that measures blood sugar levels from a tiny drop of blood) before breakfast. Then eat the ‘white rice’ on its own entirely for breakfast. About one hour later, you will need to take another blood sugar measurement. Document all results as you go along.
Carry out this simple technique until you have tested every single food item, on every single test. What you will have formed by the end of it is a fourth list that tells you all of the foods that tested positive to causing a huge spike in your blood sugar levels. The only time you should not carry out testing on foods is if your blood sugar measures as already high before breakfast. Simply carry on testing when it has lowered before breakfast.
This is now your most vital list and you should incorporate it into your everyday life by avoiding the foods on this list. Still ensuring though