Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects about 1 in 10 Americans – and about 20% of those people with diabetes don’t know they have it. Managing diabetes may help reduce fatigue and other diabetes symptoms. Controlling diabetes can reduce your chances of experiencing vision problems, dementia, and other serious medical issues.
Diabetes can be managed in a variety of ways:
- Self monitoring
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Proper nutrition
- Exercising regularly
- Stop smoking
- Taking medication regularly
Recent research has suggested that dietary interventions can actually lead to diabetes remission.
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine has issued a consensus statement on dietary strategies that have been shown to support remission of type 2 diabetes. The statement is also supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is co-sponsored by the Endocrine Society.
Type 2 diabetes remission means having normal blood glucose levels without taking any glucose-lowering medications. Recent studies have shown that diabetes remission may be more common than previously suspected. Bariatric surgery has been shown to promote type 2 diabetes remission in people with obesity, and certain dietary strategies — including low-calorie diets and low-carb diets — may also be effective.
Diabetes educators, like Julianne Downes of Walsh Nutrition Group, Inc., can help guide you in the following ways to manage diabetes and possibly achieve type 2 diabetes remission:
- Learn basic information about diabetes and its management
- Understand how to use diabetes devices, such as blood glucose meters, insulin pens, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors
- Adopt healthy eating habits through nutrition education, including diabetes meal-planning, weight-loss strategies, and other disease-specific nutrition counseling
- Develop problem-solving strategies and skills to self-manage diabetes
- Monitor blood glucose, and learn how to interpret and appropriately respond to the results
- Understand how their medications work, including their action, side effects, efficacy, toxicity, prescribed dosage, and more
- Develop skills for handling stressful situations
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Adapted from the American Association of Diabetes Educators