How to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes
If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body is able to produce some insulin, as opposed to none at all, but has a diminished capacity for producing insulin or is not able to use the chemical correctly. Because of this crucial difference, Type 2 diabetes symptoms can be more mild than Type 1 symptoms, and have a more gradual onset, and can require less drastic treatments (though exceptions are possible). However, as with Type 1 diabetes, seeing your doctor before beginning any treatment plan is still essential. Only a qualified medical professional has the knowledge definitively diagnose your diabetes and design a treatment plan that’s tailored to your personal needs.
As noted above, people with Type 2 diabetes have a diminished (but not nonexistent) capacity to make and use insulin naturally. Because their bodies do make some insulin, in some cases, it’s possible for people with Type 2 diabetes to manage their disease without having to use any artificial insulin. Usually, this is done through careful diet and exercise, which means minimizing the amount of sugary foods consumed, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly. Some people with mild cases of Type 2 diabetes can potentially live basically “normal” lives if they are very careful about what they eat and how much they exercise.
It’s important to remember, however, that some cases of Type 2 diabetes are more severe than others and can’t be managed with diet and exercise alone and can require insulin or other medications.
Note: see the sections below for information relating to diet and medications.