Type 2 diabetes can not be cured and you will need to commit to a lifelong care program that includes:
- Monitoring your blood sugar as often as your doctor instructs: If abnormal, take appropriate action.
- Maintaining a nutritional diet. Keep in mind that the highest blood sugar levels typically occur one to two hours after you eat a meal.
- Getting regular exercise—under guidance of an exercise physiologist. The more exercise you get, the lower your blood sugar will be.
- Taking prescribed medications if needed.
It’s also important to monitor daily routine and how it affects your blood sugar levels. Conditions affecting blood sugar includes:
- Illness: During any illness, your body produces hormones that raise your blood sugar level.
- Stress: Long-term stress can cause your body to produce hormones that keep insulin from working the way it should.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages: This can cause fluctuations of blood sugar levels
- Changing hormone levels in women: With menopause or menstruation, fluctuations of blood sugar mimic hormonal changes.