Type 2 Diabetes

Tools, support, and clarity for your type 2 diabetes journey

Type 2 Diabetes Is A Chronic Medical Condition

in which the levels of sugar, or glucose, build up in your bloodstream. Typically, the hormone insulin helps move glucose from your blood to your cells, where it’s used for energy. But with type 2 diabetes, your body’s cells aren’t able to respond to insulin as well as they should.

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While the definitive trigger of type 2 diabetes is your body’s resistance to insulin, there’s usually a combination of factors that increase your risk of that resistance occurring, factors including lifestyle and other variables e.g. genetics and age and familial predisposition 

The early symptoms may include: Constant hunger, lack of energy, fatigue, excessive thirst, frequent urination, blurry vision, pain, or numbness in your hands or feet. As the disease progresses, the symptoms become more severe and can cause some potentially dangerous complications

Type 2 diabetes can be managed, and in some cases, reversed. Most treatment plans will include checking your blood glucose levels, The goal is to stay within a specific range. There are a few diet plans that you can undergo which can help keep your blood glucose levels in check

Why Does My Diet Matter?

It’s no secret that diet is essential to managing type 2 diabetes. Although there isn’t a one-size-fits all diet for diabetes management, certain dietary choices should act as the foundation for your individual diet plan. Your diet plan should work with your body — not against it — so it’s important that the food you eat won’t spike your blood sugar levels to high.

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    Managing Type-2 Diabetes


    In our experience, having type 2 diabetes can feel like a lifelong science experiment. You have to track what you eat and then measure the food’s effect on your blood sugar levels. If you take insulin, you have to calculate the correct amount to compensate for the number of carbs you’ve eaten. If you exercise, you need to factor that in as well. A variety of technologies and devices exist that can help you manage all of this — and it can make a big difference.

    When Art Cutting turned 50, he bought an $1,100 bike—“a midlife-crisis purchase triggered by the fact that I looked like an Oompa Loompa,” he says. With that purchase, he soon became an avid cyclist and even completed endurance rides, like the 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. So when a blood test revealed that his LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels, which should be under 130, were over 600, he wasn’t overly concerned.




    In 2012, when a blood sugar test revealed that Lucia Grimaldo Shiffer was pre-diabetic, her doctor recommended she lose weight. At 5’1” and 172 pounds, Shiffer knew he was right, so she focused on eating veggies and low-fat protein—and dropped nearly 25 pounds in the process. “But my glucose wasn’t improving,” says 55-year-old Shiffer. The normal range for fasting blood sugar is between 70 and 100, but Shiffer’s was registering at 300.




    When Bhupen Patel’s blood-sugar numbers came back high after a test, he thought they had to be a mistake. “I told my doctor to resample and send the blood to a different lab,” recalls Patel, 55, a technological consultant for waste water control in Greenwood, IN. “I’d been feeling low energy for more than six months, but I still didn’t believe I could have diabetes.