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Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Written by Meghan Connelly, MD.

So, you or someone you know has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. You’re in the right place if you want to know more about the disease and what you can do to live a healthier life.

First, you must know that diabetes can lead to a number of complications. It leaves you with many new healthcare responsibilities. However, you may be able to control, or at least optimize, your diabetes with a proper diet and exercise regimen. With true conviction and dedication to wellness, you can work towards living a long, enjoyable life despite this disease.

Exercise and diabetes

Diabetes is considered a “cardiovascular equivalent,” which is medical jargon stating that it places people with this disease at increased risk for heart (cardio) and blood vessel (vascular) disease.

Organizing Your Medical Information

Written by Sumit Dua, MD, MBA.

Having your basic medical information organized is crucial, especially in the case of an emergency. There are only a handful of facts that are important for your doctor to know in almost every encounter.

For example, it is critical for your doctor to know what allergies you have. This is not something you should forget when giving your medical history and this is something your doctors need to know in case of an emergency, even if you are not able to tell them.

It is critical for your doctor to know of your medical history and allergies. However, many people forget to mention this information during a medical interview.

However, you will be amazed at how often people forget this information during a medical interview - this is why it is very important to have a simple one page document that keeps this information organized. This document can serve to inform medical personnel in case of emergency and when you are unable to answer questions for whatever reason.