Diabetes Drug Prevention
Most studies suggest that lifestyle changes involving increased physical activity and reduced energy intake will at least partially prevent type 2 diabetes. In fact, this lifestyle change has often considered the most effective way of preventing type 2 diabetes.
There are several national prevention programs offered in the United States for those with type 2 diabetes which help educate and inform about diabetes prevention to further reduce this steadily growing epidemic. It’s up to the general public however to apply, adapt or adjust to programs suit their personal needs.
It should go unsaid that a healthy body is always the best preventive measure for any disease and in most if not all cases, prevention is better than cure. Understanding type 2 diabetes and how to it affects your way of life will surely increase your chances of survival.
Drug prevention of type 2 diabetes will remain controversial at least for some time. However, by analogy with lipid-lowering therapy to prevent cardiovascular disease, the synthetic approach may become a larger chunk of preventive therapy for type 2 diabetes in the coming future. Further study is needed to determine the side of pharmacotherapy in diabetes prevention and whether it negatively, positively, or substantially works better than the effects of lifestyle modification.
The need for a competent program to combat obesity and diabetes is ever increasing. While government programs for healthy eating and physical activity already exist, unfortunately they do not seem be achieving wide penetration in the community.
Government intervention will greatly influence this need. With actions such as providing better bicycle paths and jogging areas, more play areas for children, benefits for participation in physical activity programs.
In the food sector, changes like further enhancement of food labeling and reduced television advertising of food to children should be regulated better as these can lead to further reduction in the epidemic of insulin resistance.
Preventative measures have been by far more unsuccessful for children affected by diabetes mellitus type 2. In the early 2000’s, the American Diabetes Association reviewed current trends in order to better understand prevention, diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes in youth. The nature of the symptoms which increase the desire for food and drink in an individual already carrying excess weight is partly at fault.
Furthermore, young obese individuals have difficulty adhering to the strenuous exercises that diabetes maintenance calls for, because exercise may be more difficult, or because they are simply embarrassed by their condition.
It may be wise for affected family to participate in diabetes self management education. During this educational period, children diagnosed with diabetes mellitus can learn to self-monitor glucose levels, and have a better understanding of the importance of diet and exercise, and explore different diabetes management options.
A dietitian (experienced in children care), together with the family, can plan meals that alleviate high blood sugar levels, consider health benefits, cost and palate. It will also be helpful if an exercise specialist can help the family better integrate and instill sustainable exercise habits.
Simple preventive measures should always be considered:
- Eat healthy
- Exercise regularly
- Lmit alcohol consumption and smoking
- Drink plenty of water
- Get a blood sugar test done at least every 2 months
- Consult your doctor for early signs of diabetes.