What is type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes means the body has stopped producing enough insulin or its cells have stopped reacting to insulin. Medication regulates this insulin resistance.

Type 2 diabetes associated with obesity: is it true?

Type 2 diabetes is often linked to obesity, lack of exercise and a poor diet. Health systems state this. The media reports it. And, yes, a combination of those factors doesn’t encourage good health. But thin people can develop type 2 diabetes too. So the wide range of people who develop the disease demonstrates that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all diagnosis, and neither is the management of it. General consensus: lose weight and exercise. Reality: check with your medical team to agree realistic expectations of how to handle diabetes within your life.

Celebrities in the headlines with type 2 diabetes are a reminder that no one is spared

The spotlight on celebrities with Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t always depict diabetes accurately. But it demonstrate the vast range of ethnic backgrounds and weight issues that surrounds talk of type 2 diabetes (with obesity often cited as a factor that aggravates its onset). The singer Patti LaBelle and TV presenter Drew Carey were both overweight. Patti had a history of diabetes in her family. She lost weight and was better able to manage her diabetes. Drew lost a huge amount of weight and now reports that his diabetes is in remission. Excellent news for both, and certainly hope for others. But then there’s Halle Berry. She’s not carrying extra weight. And Tom Hanks can hardly be described as obese. Yet they both have type 2 diabetes. Tom Hanks’ doctor told him: “…weigh as much as you weighed in High School (90lb) and you won’t have Type 2 diabetes.” The question is: would you lose weight to send type 2 diabetes into remission?

Type 2 diabetes is daily maintenance just like type 1 and gestational diabetes

Only you know the number of carbs you ingest, and only you know how you really feel after exercise. So type 2 diabetes self-management is crucial because you’re the only one who can feel your real response to your lifestyle. Your doctor or nurse will guide you to “safe” blood glucose levels. Then use a tool like SocialDiabetes to stay within the safe zone and avoid future complications.

American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org
UK Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.co.uk
International Diabetes Federation http://www.idf.org