What you should know about type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes usually develops slowly over time and is usually seen in overweight to obese men and women. Low activity level, bad diets, excessive fat around the waist are all major factors that lead to the disease. The larger basis for diabetes is from the amount of sugar consumed and most of it comes from soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Research finds that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages leads to weight gain and diabetes in adults.

AWARENESS

Type 2 diabetes, it affects millions of Americans and is also becoming a global crisis. Type 2 diabetes is the disorder of the metabolism, which is how our body uses digested food for growth and energy. As the food breaks down it is turned to glucose, a form of sugar in the blood. Glucose is the primary source of fuel for the body. As we eat, the pancreas is supposed to the right amount of insulin to move glucose from the blood into our cells.

Although people with diabetes produce little or no insulin the cells don’t respond to the insulin being produced. Glucose builds up in the blood and overflows into the urine and passes out of the body. Therefore the body loses its main source of fuel.

It’s amazing how many more cases of diabetes there are in the U.S. The disease runs deep on many families and it’s an issue close to my people.

App: Diabetes Pet Manager

You already know that service dogs can help diabetic patients by detecting the dangerous hypoglycemic episodes. But did you know that dogs (and cats) may also have diabetes? Type 1 in the case of dogs and type 2 for cats.

For taking care of his beloved animal, the owner has then to stick to a very strict treatment and feeding protocol that ensures blood glucose stabilization.  Diabetes Pet Manager collects readings, symptoms and warns about the specific treatment/feeding times that have been defined by the vet.

 Diabetes Pal App

This app synchronizes with Telcare glucometers that can send blood readings to the application, without any connecting device.

If you don’t use this type of glucometer, you can nevertheless use the app and type manually the results. With Diabetes Pal App you can also record medication, blood pressure, food intake, weight evolution, and physical activity. Check also this post on cell infusion.

Glucose Buddy App

This app is not connected to any external device. But it gives you the opportunity to store all the data you need for managing your diabetes. You can enter your glucose readings, the insulin dosages, and calculate the carbohydrates you ingested. You may also measure the evolution of your weight, of your blood pressure and keep track of your exercises.

On the top of that, the simple design of the screens makes the app simple to use. It is likely that you get used to it and keep on entering your data.

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