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Dear Dish-It: Type 2 Diabetes

Jun 14, 2012

Dear Dish-It,

My mom has type 2 diabetes; will she ever get better?

Bob

Dear Bob,

I’m sorry to hear about your mom. Having type 2 diabetes is tough, but the more you know about your mom’s disease, the better you will be able to help her deal with it.

All About Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, which is the main type of sugar in our blood. After we eat food, our body breaks it down into glucose and other nutrients, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. As the level of glucose in our blood rises, it triggers our pancreas to make something called insulin, which helps our cells absorb the glucose. But in people with type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t respond to insulin properly. The result is all that glucose stays in the bloodstream and the level of sugar remains higher than normal, making the pancreas work overtime to produce even more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas can wear out and may no longer be able to produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal. This can cause a lot of health problems.

Fighting Type 2 Diabetes

While there is no “cure” for the disease, people with type 2 diabetes can use diet, exercise and medicines that improve their body’s response to insulin to control their blood sugar levels. Your mom’s doctor has probably already told her that it’s important to eat healthy and exercise regularly to maintain a normal body weight, and to monitor her blood sugar level closely. If you’re curious about what you can do to help your mom manage her disease, I’m sure that your doctor would be more than happy to give you information about diabetes.

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drowning posted in Friends:
@country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Friends:
"WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
reply about 16 hours
WatermelonCurlz
OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
reply about 17 hours
Abbergrl
Well I strongly agree with you all. It's like, wow I never knew so many people had this problem!
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Friends:
A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
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