There are numerous benefits to controlling your blood sugar with type 2 diabetes.
1. It is easier to lose weight and food cravings will be less intense.
High levels of insulin prevent fat breakdown making it impossible to lose weight. Low blood sugar levels from insulin working too well leads to food cravings and overeating which results in weight gain. Normalizing blood sugar levels will prevent these problems as well as eliminate fatigue which may be preventing you from exercising on a regular basis.
2. You will have more energy all day long.
What you eat has a direct effect on your energy level as well as your weight. Overeating simple sugars such as cookies, pastry, and candy will flood the blood stream with sugar prompting a corresponding flood of insulin resulting in low blood sugar which will cause fatigue. Switching to more complex sugars such as fruits and vegetables will keep you energized and alert for long periods.
3. Women will have improved fertility.
Insulin problems effect ovarian function which may prevent conception. Having blood sugar under control should eliminate insulin problems which in turn should make conception easier.
4. Women will have healthier pregnancies and babies.
Balancing blood sugar, a healthy diet and regular exercise will help with a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby. It will also help the mother avoid type 2 diabetes later in life.
5. You will be teaching your children healthy habits that will help them as adults.
We need to teach our children healthy habits by setting an example. American kids are learning bad eating and exercise habits and as a result are getting type 2 diabetes as adults at an alarming rate. Teach them good health habits when they are young and chances are they will have good health habits as adults.
6. You will have more years of healthy living.
High levels of blood sugar and insulin circulating through your body cause damage to virtually every organ in your body as well as nerves and blood vessels. Controlling blood sugar reduces risk of developing the many complications that result from type 2 diabetes.
7. You will have a sharper memory.
People that have problems processing blood sugar normally tend to have memory problems. A healthy life style can shield you from this complication.
Another issue that most people do not think about is their partner. Studies have shown that for people with type 2 diabetes the spouse has a higher risk of developing the disease. Well diabetes is not contagious the unhealthy life style that leads up to it is contagious. If you have a sedentary life style chances are your partner will adopt that life-style as well. But if you have a healthy life style chances are your partner will have a healthier life style as a result. Bottom line is you can protect your partner by protecting yourself, if fact you can protect your whole family by teaching and encouraging healthy living.