Don’t worry if you have acquired type 2 diabetes, it is a sign that you should start a new life. The main objective of type 2 diabetes treatment is to maintain a near-normal if not normal blood glucose level which allows a person to keep the long-term implications of diabetes (damage to eyes, kidneys heart and blood vessels and nerves) at bay.
Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Goals
In the type-2 diabetes which actually accounts to more than 90% of the diabetes cases, it is the insulin resistance and/or insulin deficit which need to be counterbalanced by medications, diet, and some changes in the lifestyle (adherence to weight loss and exercise regimen). There could be occasions when insulin injections become necessary even in those who have type-2 diabetes. But if you ask medicines or exercise or diet or yoga or herbs that help maintain a near-normal blood sugar level, then it is combining all of them; rather the conjunctive use of medications and lifestyle changes manage type-2 diabetes in the most efficient way.
How Is Type 2 Diabetes Approached?
The approach of doctors towards a recently diagnosed type-2 diabetic would be immediate control of blood sugar so the metabolic abnormalities and complications due to high blood sugar are least/not encountered. Insulin injections are given for a few days with simultaneous lifestyle interventions. The person will be advised to change the diet and start on a daily dose of moderate exercising.
Lifestyle Interventions In A Person with Type 2 Diabetes
Including whole grain meal/s and reducing the high GI (Glycemic Index) carbs in the eating chart is a must do. Taking many small meals and including lots of fiber-rich foods, legumes and nuts, vegetables and fruits will bring a change in the weight pretty soon.
Alcohol In Moderation Can Improve Insulin Sensitivity?
Consuming alcohol (in moderation) by a healthy person (say a couple of drinks per day) is known to improve insulin sensitivity of tissues. However, this cannot be taken by the face value of it and the adverse effects of alcohol on body and mind as well as drug and diabetes supplements interaction with alcohol should well be taken into good consideration. You should also remember that long term intake of alcohol interferes with nutrient and vitamin absorption.
Oral/insulin is advocated only when the symptoms become severe. Else the condition can be managed by taking herbal supplements: Bitter melon juice on empty stomach at least 3-4 times a week act as hypoglycemic agent. You can even mix a tablespoon of Amla juice with it to get better results. Chewing fenugreek seeds and/or Cinnamon bark help manage diabetes very well.
Besides taking well-balanced diet, moderate work out regimes including walking, jogging, cycling with yoga and pranayam were found to bestow enormous benefits in managing the blood glucose level. Yoga de-stresses the senses (stress and diabetes are positively related) and doing yoga regularly improves functioning of the pancreas, besides enhancing body metabolism. Yoga should be accompanied by ‘pranayam’ or breathing exercises which actually improves intake of oxygen (and so oxidation or metabolism). The ‘shavasan’ is regarded as the cool-down pranayam and usually done at the end of every yoga session. Indeed it is recommended to take low-intensity exercise sessions with yoga and pranayam rather than the high-intensity work out.