Wednesday, October 10, 2018
29 million people in the United States have diabetes, and about 90 to 95 percent of those people have Type 2 Diabetes. Many individuals who find themselves with this type of diagnosis are unsure of where to start when it comes to health management. Thankfully, there are physicians like SouthCoast Health endocrinologist Dr. Abby Abisogun who are very familiar with the condition and the best steps for ensuring patients can maintain a good quality of life.
“By far the most patients I see within my department are those with type 2 diabetes,” SouthCoast Health Endocrinologist Dr. Abby Abisogun stated. “I cannot emphasize the importance of diet, weight, and exercise management alongside lifestyle changes for managing this health condition.”
To those overwhelmed with where to start after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, Dr. Abisogun has some tips to set you on the right path.
Diet Management for Type 2 Diabetes
Diets are tricky to manage, no matter the motivation. With temptations everywhere and lots of information to digest, it’s hard to say no to the wrong things and yes to the right ones. But, with Type 2 Diabetes, it’s essential to break through the clutter and properly manage your diet.
Here are a few tips to help:
Exercise Management for Type 2 Diabetes
The best thing to pair with healthy eating is exercise. You’ll have more energy, relieve stress, keep your joints flexible, lower your risk for heart disease and stroke, and also boost your mood and happiness.
If you’ve never maintained a regular fitness plan before, it can be daunting to figure out a place to start. We’re here to help:
Weight Management for Type 2 Diabetes
Losing weight may seem like an insurmountable goal for those with Type 2 Diabetes. But if you follow the tips we suggested above for diet and exercise management, you will be off to a great start.
Just 10-15 pounds can make a big difference in your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Here are a few more ways to help get you to your weight management goal:
If you’re still overwhelmed after reading those tips, don’t worry. We’re proud to offer to our patients Diabetic Self-Management Classes that can assist with what was discussed above and more. These sessions are designed to ensure better health for those diagnosed with diabetes through discussing topics on healthy eating, being active, medicine, and blood sugar tracking.
If you’d like to schedule one of these classes, contact SouthCoast Health at 912-691-3600. We’ll be able to set up a visit with one of our expert Primary Care physicians who can help you get started on the right path for managing this condition and achieving a better quality of life.
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