The most frequent diabetes type with which majority of people get diagnosed is type 2 diabetes.
It is a shock, but there is no need to be miserable and despair. It is not a hopeless condition; however, there is now something that you will not be able to take for granted – your diet. If before the illness you used to have no restrictions about the food you eat, now food is something you will have to recon with.
It is extremely important for a person with diabetes to understand the necessity of meal planning. At first it may seem wild and frustrating but with time you will see that things are not that bad, actually. Of course, you will have to learn a lot; and as your eating habits used (almost 100% sure) to be unhealthy, such a change will definitely require will power and time getting used to new food plans.
The first doctor you should go to is a registered dietician. He or she will definitely clarify you all the issues that trouble you and help planning the meals. Also, he or she can provide you with recipes for healthy eating. There are no diabetic cases that are the same. Therefore, a dietitian will create an individual diet plan personally for you. Perhaps, you will have to gain weight; or you will need to lose some. The latter case is more likely as about 90% of diabetes diagnosed patients suffer from weight problems. So, you may require cutting down your carbohydrates and calories intake. In anyway, it will be easier for you if all the factors of your individual health are considered and it is better be done by a professional.
Moreover, the most important thing in your diet plan is to reduce the sugar foods intake, or, rather, stop eating sugar foods at all. It is really difficult, but in some cases is necessary.
Besides, as it has been aforementioned, you should lose some weight.
The latter requirement is closely connected with the necessity to reduce sugar intake. Those, who can not stand not eating something of the kind, should be very careful about not allowing sugar levels increase and decrease rapidly. One more good recommendation is to eat several small meals a day instead of having three substantial. Some people may find a journal helpful. A constant record of calorie intake and food consumed is quite useful, especially if you are on the first part of your diet.
Diabetics are much better armed with information than they were a decade ago, for instance. There are plenty of articles, take Internet only. It is also easy to find a well-planned diabetic diet sample which will help to imagine your day. It will also make it easier to plan your meals and make them. There are plenty of instructions and you do not need to invent anything. Or, rather, for the initial period of time, diet sample will shake you off unnecessary headache about your food. Find enough samples and recipes to use as guides and you will see that the condition is not really hopeless. With time you will learn what is what, how to cook the food you need and how to plan your daily meals. But before that the recipes and samples will be of great assistance.
Moreover, it is equally important to track all your workouts and activities, write down how much and how long your exercises take. It will help you to see how much progress you make and how much more effort you need to take in order to keep fit. Diet is a hard thing and if you succeed with your exercises this will give you more stimulation in coping with your condition.