By Max Cuneo
Type II Diabetes is a progressive condition in which the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas. We do not know what causes Type II Diabetes but it is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors and also has strong genetic and family related risk factors.
While there is currently no cure for Type II Diabetes, the condition can be managed through lifestyle modifications and medication. Type II Diabetes is progressive and needs to be managed effectively to prevent complications.
Choosing healthy foods and being active will help you manage your blood glucose levels and your body weight.
Healthy eating and an active lifestyle are important for everyone, including people with diabetes. Having a healthy diet and being active is an important part of managing diabetes because it will help manage your blood glucose levels and your body weight.
- Meals that are recommended for people with diabetes are the same as for those without diabetes
- There is no need to prepare separate meals or buy special foods
- Everyone including family and friends can enjoy the same healthy and tasty meals together
- As a starting point, we recommend people follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines Healthy Eating for Adults and Healthy Eating for Children
- Everyone’s needs are different so we recommend everyone with diabetes visit a dietitian for personal advice.
Everybody benefits from regular exercise. If you have diabetes, or are at risk of diabetes it plays an important role in keeping you healthy.
For a person with diabetes exercise helps:
- Insulin to work better, which will improve your diabetes management
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce your risk of heart disease
- Reduce stress.
Managing chronic disease is not within my scope of practice and this resource is to generate awareness regarding Diabetes in Australia. My focus primarily is weight management and performance enhancement of all people, however I would recommend that anyone with Diabetes seek help from an Accredited Dietitian or Sports Dietitian.