Type 2 Diabetes

by MichelleR on August 9, 2012

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.
A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes for seniors doesn’t have to be life threatening. Seniors can live a fulfilling life with type 2 diabetes, so long as they have a little discipline. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), death rates for people with diabetes dropped substantially from 1997 to 2006, especially deaths related to heart disease and stroke. Improved treatment for cardiovascular disease, better management of diabetes, and healthy lifestyle changes contribute to the decline in death rates. However, obesity levels among people with diabetes continue to increase.
In order to live your life to the fullest potential it is imperative that someone dealing with diabetes be diligent about keeping records of their blood sugar level. It is extremely difficult to remember your sugar levels and at what time during the day those numbers are associated with and what you ate.

Here is an example of a log sheet: If you DO NOT use medication or insulin

• Enter your blood glucose reading into each corresponding box.
• The additional columns marked Other can be used for snacks, exercise sessions, etc.
• The Notes column is for anything that might have affected your blood sugar, ie. missing an exercise session, skipping a meal, etc

 

If you DO USE medication or insulin, use this log sheet:

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