Type 2 Diabetes

Type II Diabetes is something that often develops in adults, and is treatable

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is the most common form and is sometimes called “non-insulin dependent diabetes” or “adult-onset diabetes”.  The cause of type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance or your body just does not produce enough insulin to lower glucose to normal levels.

Treatment of type 2 diabetes

This type of diabetes is often treated by increasing exercise levels, and a carefully planned diet which controls the carbohydrates you eat (careful consideration of the glycemic index of the carbs you eat is important).  Insulin may also be required.  Sufferers should have a home blood glucose monitor (called a “glucometer”) and check sugar levels during the day (your doctor will tell you when you need to check).

Who is most at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

Genetics can play a part, and a family history of diabetes is always a concern.  Other factors that can increase your chances of developing the disease include:

  • Poor diet.
  • Over-weight (especially around the mid-sections of your body) or obese.
  • Low activity levels.
  • People over 45 years old.
  • High cholesterol levels.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Certain races of people have a higher rate of diabetes.
  • Women who had gestational diabetes.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes

  • Increased thirst.
  • Excessive urination.
  • Hunger.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Tingling/loss of feeling in hands and feet.
  • blurred vision.
  • Increased infections.
  • High levels of sugar in the blood and urine.
  • Tiredness and fatigue.

About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.