Diabetes mellitus, also known as diabetes, is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar as a result of defects in insulin secretion and/or an inability of your body to use insulin. There are four different types of diabetes, including Type I diabetes mellitus, Type II diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes, and diabetes from other causes.
Whether you have been recently diagnosed or are currently living with diabetes mellitus,it is important that you understand how you can live a healthier life. If you are unsure about your risk for developing diabetes, take a moment to complete this quiz to find out if you have some of the risk factors for developing diabetes.
Managing diabetes mellitus can be done by having good nutrition, exercising, and in most cases, taking medications to help prevent complications from diabetes. Regularly exercising with diabetes can improve glucose tolerance, increase insulin sensitivity, and improve your well-being. It can also prevent or delay the transition to Type II diabetes mellitus for individuals with prediabetes. One of the hardest parts about exercise, is getting started. It is recommended to exercise for at least 150 minutes per week. Make sure that you are exercising safely by tracking your blood sugar levels prior to, during, and after exercise. This is important. By doing so, you can see how your body responds to exercise which can prevent potentially dangerous drops or spikes in your blood sugar levels.