How do you treat Type 2 Diabetes?

From MAYS 2010-01-24 08:23:01 -0600 3 Comments

If you have type 2 diabetes, you can manage your condition with diet, exercise, & medication

What you should know:
•Diet, exercise, and proper medication are treatments
•Avoid sugary or high-carbohydrate foods
•A pill or insulin shot can also be prescribed

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Hi, I'm Usheema Thomas and I'm a CVS pharmacist. If you have type 2 diabetes, you can manage your condition with three important methods: diet, exercise, and the proper medication.
A low-fat, balanced diet with lots of fruit, fiber, and vegetables helps many people keep their blood sugar under control, and is especially important for overweight patients. No food is off limits, but indulging in sugary or high-carbohydrate foods, whether it's candy or pasta, can send blood sugar soaring. Anyone with diabetes should plan meals carefully with the help of a registered dietitian or an experienced, certified diabetes educator.
Make sure you always get 30-60 minutes of regular daily exercise. Walking, cycling, or swimming can significantly reduce blood sugar, triglycerides, total cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Because diet and exercise alone are often not enough to rein in high blood sugar for type 2 diabetics, your doctor may prescribe a pill or an insulin injection that will help lower it. Whichever drug, drug combination, or insulin injection your doctor prescribes, make sure to follow the instructions exactly, and ask your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects.
If you have any questions about these methods, please talk to your CVS pharmacist. We are here to help.

Source: CVS Caremark Health Resources

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