What is type 2 diabetic

By zaara Latest Reply 2012-07-13 12:51:34 -0500
Started 2012-07-13 09:36:35 -0500

I m new to diabetic today I came to know it's type 2 plz explain what's type 2 and does it have more risk than type 1

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Controlled 2012-07-13 11:18:16 -0500 Report

There is a lot of information here and you'll be able to see how each person lives with the condition and the choices they make.

Kirla 2012-07-13 10:54:20 -0500 Report

As far as type 1 or type 2 goes, both cause the same damage if you can’t learn to control your blood sugar. So I believe that one isn’t any more damaging than the other. Type 1 people usually don’t have insulin resistance so for some it may be easier to control. I read some articles were some type 1’s can develop insulin resistance over time.

Kirla 2012-07-13 10:41:59 -0500 Report

Type 2 diabetes is when our blood sugar gets a lot higher than it should be. Most people before eating will have a blood sugar less than 90 or when they first wake up in the morning. Known as fasting blood sugar. After eating everybody’s blood sugar will rise. I heard that non diabetics will rarely go above 120. Not sure if its true or not. I tested some non diabetics but only tested fasting numbers and those were way below 90. If your fasting blood sugar goes above 126 or after eating it goes above 200 you are probley considered being a diabetic.

Type 2 diabetes starts when we develop what is known as insulin resistance. It’s when the cells in our body can’t use insulin the way we should and it starts to take more and more insulin to use the glucose in our blood. Glucose is another name for blood sugar. Insulin takes glucose and puts in it the cells in our body for our body to use as a fuel.

Since the insulin can’t get the glucose into the cells it starts to build up in our blood. Thats when your pancreas (which is what makes insulin) starts to increase insulin production. The pancreas will attempt to keep making more and more insulin trying to get your blood sugar into the cells.

Well the pancreas after some time can’t keep over producing insulin without damaging itself. So over time because of the high sugar levels and over production of insulin your pancreas starts to slowly kill itself trying to produce insulin to try and lower your blood sugar. The higher your blood sugar goes the more damage it does to your pancreas.

Good news is that insulin resistance can be cured. There are drugs that help lower insulin resistance. I found that eating lots and lots of low carb green vegetables helps lower insulin resistance also. Also cutting back or eliminating certain high carbs foods also helps keep your blood sugar lower than what it will be if eating them foods.

Bad news is that the damage to our pancreas can’t be cured at this time. Once we kill our beta cells (the cells that produce insulin) we can’t make any more. Once there gone there gone.

Depending on how many beta cells get killed off will determine how we treat our diabetes. Some people are diagnosed early with low A1Cs and can still eat almost like they used too once there insulin resistance is fixed or greatly reduced. Others can take oral meds and others will need insulin. Were you fall in line will be determined by your doctor and you.

A lot of diabetics even ones who took a lot of damage find that by cutting or eliminating high carb starchy foods can learn to control there blood sugar with diet and exercise. Others will have to take pills or insulin for the rest of their lives.

This is what helped me. It may or may help you. Since diabetes affects everyone different. But I believe that eating lots of low carb vegetables, drinking lots of water and cutting or eliminating high carb foods will help most people. Anyway you have to decide what’s best for you. Just remember that you may have to try different things until you find what works for you.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I test 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck