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When Your Number 1 Priority Is Type 2: Type 2 Diabetes Challenges

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, November 20, 2015

“In type 2 diabetes, it becomes increasingly difficult for the body’s cells to absorb and use the insulin. Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1 diabetes. About 90 % of people who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes.” – PubMed Health. Type 2 Diabetes Overview. 2014

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Put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping others with theirs. You have to love yourself before you can love someone else. Reminders to make oneself a priority are abundant in our society because it's challenging to take care of oneself in the bustle of a busy life. There are extra challenges for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus, who often experience nerve damage and dysphagia.

Diabetes mellitus, often called diabetes, comes in two forms, type 1 and type 2. Type 2 is most common in adults and people who are overweight or obese. Exercise is important for people with diabetes mellitus. It not only aids weight loss, but also improves blood flow and lowers blood sugar, according to Medline Plus. Exercise can be challenging for people with diabetes because the disease can cause nerve damage, often in the feet. They are more likely to get foot injuries and ulcers and more likely to have foot infections that worsen than people who do not have diabetes. This can make it difficult to exercise, which can make diabetes mellitus worse.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus used to be known as adult-onset diabetes because it is more common in adults than in children. However, as childhood obesity has increased, so has pediatric type 2 diabetes, according to a WebMD article. Children often have dysphagia, or trouble swallowing. So do the elderly. As adults are living longer, there are more geriatric patients with diabetes who might also have dysphagia. Many diabetes medications come in oral forms. Children and adults with dysphagia have trouble swallowing tablets and capsules, which can lead to noncompliance. This is yet another challenge for people with diabetes mellitus.

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus face extra health challenges that make it more difficult to take care of themselves. As pharmaceutical companies take the special challenges of diabetes patients into consideration, the drugs will improve, and people with type 2 diabetes will be able to more easily make their health a priority.
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