What is Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes is a preventable chronic disease where either insufficient insulin is being produced by the pancreas or the insulin is not able to be used efficiently by the body. Insulin is normally responsible for allowing the glucose into our cells, so when there is a problem with our insulin, the glucose will stay in the blood and build up leading to high blood sugar. When blood sugar stays high over time, much damage is done to small vessels and nerves of organs such as the kidneys and heart as well as our eyes.

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

People who are diagnosed with diabetes will often say that they had no idea they were diabetic. In other words, they had no symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms will be mild or they will be attributed to another cause. This is why it is important to get your blood sugar and A1C checked regularly to keep track of not just your glucose in the moment but also the trend.

Some symptoms that you may experience include:

  • Increase Thirst and Urination
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Numbness in your feet or hands
  • Blurred Vision

Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes

Take heart! Diabetes and its complications can be prevented, controlled, or even reversed.

Lifestyle change is powerful. Regular exercise and self-care activities along with a balanced diet can make a world of difference in your blood sugar, weight, need more medications, and how you feel.

Nutrition for Diabetes does not mean a diet free from sugar, carbohydrate, and your favorite foods. It does mean small, realistic, individualized adjustments that are appropriate for you while monitoring your labs, weight, and other symptoms and indicators.