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Agent Orange: Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
The latest stats says that Diabetes kills more people than Heart & Cancer yearly!
Take care of your body, Test daily, Eat healthy, Exercise daily.
Your body's main source of energy is glucose, a type of sugar.
Your body gets sugar from 2 major sources:
1. The foods you eat
2. The sugar that your liver makes when you have not eaten food
It is important to balance the level of sugar in your body. Your body helps to do this by releasing insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas. Insulin moves the sugar from your blood into your cells to use for energy.
Diabetes is a disease of high blood sugar.
A person with type 2 diabetes may not have enough insulin, or the insulin that the body may not work as well as it should. This causes the blood sugar level to become out of balance because it gets to high. sometimes the liver makes more sugar than the body needs, which causes the blood sugar level to get even higher and out of balance.
Diabetes is a disease of high blood sugar.
A person with diabetes may not have enough insulin, or the insulin that the body makes may not work as well as it should.
The liver can keep making sugar even though the body does not need it.
Uncontrolled high blood sugar can cause health problems when present for a long time.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, talk to you Health care professional. he or she can check you for Diabetes.
1. Do you urinate often?
2. Are you thirsty most of the time?
3. Do you feel weaK?
4. Are you hungry most of the time?
5. Have you lost weight(without trying)?
6. Are you tired most of the time?
There are many things you can do to control diabetes. It's very important to get your diabtes under control.
You Doctor or health care professional can help you find the plan to take care of your diabetes. Together you both can make a Diabetes Care Plan.
Part of a plan may be:
1. Healthy eating
2. Exercise or activity
3. medicines, such as insulin or diabetes medications
4. Checking your Blood Sugars
5. learning the signs when your blood sugars are high or low
6. let the Government know about your Diabetes.
Remember if you served in Vietnam and have Type 2 Diabetes under the Agent Orange Act of 1991, the Sec. of veterans Affairs has declared that to be a presumptively service connected.
Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes
* frequent urination * Any of Type 1 symptons
* Unusual Thirst * Frequent infections
* Extreme hunger * Blurred vision
* Unusual weight loss * Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
* Extreme fatigue and irritabilty * Tingling/numbness in hands/feet
* Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
* Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptons *
Do you belong to your local VA Move program? Do you get help with your Nutrition, Diet? Do you walk? This is a good way to lose some weight and help your Diabetes numbers. Ask your Primary Care Doctor to refer you to the Move program to lose some weight and help your Blood Glucose numbers.
New Guidelines for Exercise in Type 2 Diabetes
New guidelines stress the crucial role that physical activity plays in the management of Type 2 diabetes: physicians should prescribe exercise....
They replace recommendations made in the American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand, "Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes," issued in 2000.
Developed by a panel of 9 experts, the new guidelines are published concurrently in the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and Diabetes Care.
"High-quality studies establishing the importance of exercise and fitness in diabetes were lacking until recently," the expert panel writes, "but it is now well established that participation in regular physical activity improves blood glucose control and can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes mellitus, along with positively affecting lipids, blood pressure, cardiovascular events, mortality, and quality of life."
Most of the benefits of exercise are realized through acute and long-term improvements in insulin action, accomplished with both aerobic and resistance training, the experts write.
For people who already have Type 2 diabetes, the new guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise spread out at least 3 days during the week, with no more than 2 consecutive days between bouts of aerobic activity. These recommendations take into account the needs of those whose diabetes may limit vigorous exercise.
Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, writing chair, professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University, adjunct professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, and regular Diabetes In Control contributor, stated that, "Most people with Type 2 diabetes do not have sufficient aerobic capacity to undertake sustained vigorous activity for that weekly duration, and they may have orthopedic or other health limitations." "For this reason, the ADA [American Diabetes Association] and ACSM [American College of Sports Medicine] call for a regimen of moderate-to-vigorous activity and make no recommendation for a lesser amount of vigorous activity."
The panel specifically recommends that such moderate exercise correspond to approximately 40% to 60% of maximal aerobic capacity and states that for most people with Type 2 diabetes, brisk walking is a moderate-intensity exercise.
The expert panel also recommends that resistance training be part of the exercise regimen. This should be done at least twice a week -- ideally 3 times a week -- on nonconsecutive days. The panel also recommends that people just beginning to do weight training be supervised by a qualified exercise trainer "to ensure optimal benefits to blood glucose control, blood pressure, lipids, and cardiovascular risk and to minimize injury risk."
Regular use of a pedometer is also encouraged. In a meta-analysis of 8 randomized controlled trials and 18 observational studies, people who used pedometers increased their physical activity by 27% over baseline. Having a goal, such as taking 10,000 steps per day, was an important predictor of increased physical activity, according to the expert panel.
Finally, the new guidelines emphasize that exercise must be done regularly to have continued benefits and should include regular training of varying types.
Physicians should prescribe exercise, Dr. Colberg said in a statement. "Many physicians appear unwilling or cautious about prescribing exercise to individuals with Type 2 diabetes for a variety of reasons, such as excessive body weight or the presence of health-related complications. However, the majority of people with Type 2 diabetes can exercise safely, as long as certain precautions are taken. The presence of diabetes complications should not be used as an excuse to avoid participation in physical activity."
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010;2282-2303.