You get diagnosed with diabetes when a certain process in your body breaks down. Specifically, your body makes a hormone called insulin that allows it to convert sugar in your blood into energy for your cells. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin properly, that blood sugar just stays there, building up.
At that point, you get diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for this condition.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to shape your life. Dr. Peymon Zarreii can help here. As a specialist in managing diabetes, he works with you to adjust your lifestyle and get the medication you need to protect your health. Plus, he personalizes your diabetes plan from the comfort and convenience of our Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics office in Delray Beach, Florida.
Living with diabetes looks different depending on the type of diabetes you have. So let’s look at the two most common types and what you can do in lieu of a cure.
Type 1 diabetes
People with Type 1 diabetes have a pancreas that doesn’t make enough insulin. You usually get this diagnosis early in life.
Because of your pancreas, you’ll need to take insulin moving forward. Dr. Zarreii can also work with you to make lifestyle modifications to help you feel your best. Eating regular, well-balanced meals can help you keep your blood sugar regulated, as can limiting sugary foods and drinks.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in America. It develops later in life as your body starts to resist the action of insulin.
While diabetes doesn’t have a cure, Type 2 diabetes can be reversed in some people. This doesn’t mean your diabetes goes away permanently. But it does mean that you might be able to keep it in remission by making and maintaining certain healthy lifestyle changes.
Eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity can help you reverse your Type 2 diabetes.
Generally, you should be:
- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables
- Limiting your intake of foods with a lot of trans fats and saturated fats
- Limiting sugar and salt
- Eating foods rich in fiber
- Choosing drinks without a lot of sugar (e.g., tea and water instead of juice and soda)
- Exercising for at least 30 minutes five times a week
Losing weight also plays a key role here. In fact, research shows that shedding pounds can be the biggest factor in putting Type 2 diabetes in remission. Generally, you should be looking to lose about 5% of your body weight.
For help with developing a healthy lifestyle plan so you can live your best life with diabetes, contact Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics by calling our office or requesting your appointment online today.