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What You Need to Know About Diabetes

Each year the American Diabetes Association® (ADA) holds a one-day event that encourages people to take their Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and participate in activities designed for the workplace, which can educate them about how to reverse the risk of diabetes. At Table-Mate®, we want to help you enjoy an active and healthy life, which is why we’ll share some tips for participating in the ADA’s Alert Day® and also identify potential risk factors for diabetes.

Continue reading to learn about diabetes and the steps you can take to prevent or manage it and then browse our online store for the best selection of portable table trays. Our TV trays are ideal for holding healthy lunches and snacks while you enjoy your favorite TV show or book.

Diabetes Basics

More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or prediabetes according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prediabetes is a condition which can lead to type 2 diabetes within five years if not properly treated. Diabetes is a serious disease, which can be managed and even prevented if identified in time. Unfortunately, there are approximately one in three adults living with diabetes who are unaware of their condition.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, and it keeps your body from properly using insulin, which is called insulin resistance. The pancreas will try to make more insulin to make up for this, but it can’t keep up with the insulin needed to keep blood glucose levels normal. The good news is that lifestyle changes, along with medication, can help you manage your diabetes.

Problems Caused by Diabetes

Blood glucose, or blood sugar, is the main sugar and primary source of energy for your body. When glucose builds up in your body instead of being sent to the cells that need it, it can cause one of two problems. The first problem is that your cells can be starved of energy, which can present in a number of ways, including muddled thinking, mood changes, headaches, and blurry vision. The second problem is that high blood glucose levels can cause damage to your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart over time. It’s important to make sure that you let a small group of people know that you have diabetes so that they can be ready to help if you don’t seem like your normal self. While you may not feel comfortable letting everyone know just yet, a small group of close friends can be a good source of comfort and support.

Managing Diabetes

One of the first places to start learning the best ways to manage your diabetes is to talk with your doctor. Your doctor can provide the advice and suggestions you need to begin to feel comfortable with managing your blood sugar. Additionally, he or she may be able to refer you to support groups where you can share about some of your struggles and get support from others who are experiencing the same thing.

Exercise

Your doctor can help you decide on an exercise plan that is appropriate for you. You will need to accurately evaluate the right length and frequency for your workouts, as well as the time of day they occur so that they do not negatively impact your meal or medication times. You will also want to make sure that you know what your numbers should be both before and after you exercise.

Food 

Healthy eating is probably one of the biggest factors in managing your diabetes. Again, be sure to talk with your doctor so that you can better understand which types of foods will impact your blood sugar levels so that you can make the best choices for your health. While everyone should strive to make healthy food choices, it is even more important for those with type 2 diabetes. The types of food that you eat are important, but the amounts and combinations also matter. You need to learn about counting carbohydrates and portions, balancing your meals, and coordinating meal times with medications.

Learning the best ways to prevent and manage diabetes might feel overwhelming, but with help from your doctor and the ADA, you can get the information you need to feel confident in handling this new challenge. At Table-Mate®, we provide the portable table trays you need to enjoy your healthy meals wherever you choose. Be sure to shop our online store today and order the right ones for you.



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