Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose in the blood. Since it is known as the most common type of diabetes, over 90% of diabetic patients have type 2 diabetes. Many people who have type 2 diabetes can have the disease without even knowing it as it is generally subtle and asymptomatic.
Type 2 diabetes is usually managed and controlled with weight loss, well-balanced diet, regular exercise and oral medications. More than half of all patients who have type 2 diabetes would require insulin for blood sugar control at some point in the course of their illness.
Insulin is usually injected subcutaneously in the skin for maximum absorption of the medication and is used to take the place of insulin in the body which is normally produced by the pancreas. It is best prescribed by a physician since there are proper ways in administering the drug and should be given in the right frequency and dosage.
Mayo Clinic: The Essential Diabetes Book 2nd Edition covers: the pre-diabetes stage – taking charge to prevent diabetes; types of diabetes; symptoms and risk factors; treatments and strategies for managing your blood sugar; avoiding serious complications; advances in insulin delivery and new medications; and, recipes.
Mayo Clinic: The Essential Diabetes Book 2nd Edition iterates often that, “contrary to popular myth,” there “is no diabetes diet,” but rather a simple strategy of moderation, variety and regular meal times (which epicureans in mourning should appreciate, along with easy, imaginative recipes like Baked Chicken with Pears).
Mayo Clinic: The Essential Diabetes Book 2nd Edition’s next chapters deal with food, exercise, self-motivation, and specific medical issues like insulin pumps and prescription treatments. Much information on prevention gives this volume a wider appeal; any household with a diabetes patient (or a family history) should find use for this thorough, friendly, fully-illustrated overview.