The number of Americans with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes is estimated at 122 million. Diabetes can be challenging to diagnose and treat, but experts with experience can help you.
At Apex Medical Professionals in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Dr. Basel Batarseh and Dr. Walid Elkhalili specialize in diabetes management and care.
You might feel anxious about your health and future if you've been diagnosed with diabetes. You can live a healthy and active lifestyle by working with a diabetes specialist and following our treatment recommendations.
Different kinds of diabetes
The three types of diabetes include Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. Prediabetes means your blood sugar level is high but not high enough to diagnose you with Type 2 diabetes.
Juvenile diabetes is also known as Type 1 diabetes. Children are typically diagnosed with this type of diabetes when their pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin to control glucose levels. Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured, and there is no way to reverse it.
Type 2 diabetes is also called insulin resistance. Generally, it develops later in life due to the inefficient use of insulin by the body. Besides your family history, diet and lifestyle play a major role in the development of Type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, you can reverse this type of diabetes.
Gestational diabetes only affects pregnant women, usually starting around the second trimester. Once pregnancy is over, this diabetes resolves itself.
Reversing Type 2 diabetes
In addition to diabetic neuropathy, swelling, hypertension, glaucoma, and ulcerated wounds, diabetes causes many other disruptive and dangerous health conditions. It can even cause premature death if left untreated.
The chances of remission are greatest during the early stages of diabetes or after significant weight loss. Over time, your body may slowly lose its ability to make insulin, so remission is less likely in the late stages of diabetes.
Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level, regardless of whether you have diabetes, involves weight control, exercise, and a diabetes-friendly diet.
It can be frightening and confusing after a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. In combination with lifestyle changes and medication, you can manage this condition. Here are some tips.
Exercise plays a critical role in managing Type 2 diabetes because this condition is linked to a lack of exercise. Try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day. For children, it should be 60 minutes.
Some ways to get more active include:
- Taking walks after meals
To reduce your blood glucose concentrations, take a walk about 30 minutes after a meal. Boost your strength and balance by lifting weights or doing yoga two or three times a week. Take frequent breaks to move if you are spending a lot of time in front of a computer.
The right amount of exercise can help with weight loss, though not all people with Type 2 diabetes must lose weight. But if you do, we can help you do so in a healthy way with exercise and diet.
We work with you to determine what diet and eating schedule is right for you. Every diabetic patient has different dietary needs. Keeping a regular eating schedule and eating right are two essential components of eating healthy.
Healthy snacks and balanced meals should be part of your plan. Controlling blood sugar is easy with smaller portions and avoiding overeating. Eat fruit and whole grains, as well as other high-fiber foods.
Take the right prescription medications
If lifestyle changes don't work, we may prescribe medication or insulin. If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may also need long-acting or short-acting insulin.
Insulin with long-acting properties works throughout the day and night, while insulin with short-acting properties is administered only at mealtimes. The type of insulin you need varies depending on your needs.
Take the first step today
Start reversing the effects of Type 2 diabetes today. We at Apex Medical Professionals can help you create a plan to manage or begin reversing your diabetes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.