The Facts of Diabetes
You may or may not have diabetes, but I am going to share the facts of diabetes with you. You might already know them but maybe not. If you had a doctor like mine, you weren’t told anything about diabetes. But then you might have had a physician that told you everything about diabetes. Some of these facts could be more common than others. But anyhow, here we go.
It is always better to take the harder and longer road, especially when it comes to getting your diabetes under control. With a healthy lifestyle, diabetes type 2 can be controlled or even cured. Doctors or pharmacists might try to tell you differently but I have a group of doctors right here, that will tell you the facts of diabetes and one of them is that diabetes can be cured.
With some work on our part, which means taking care of ourselves by exercising and eating healthy food choices, we can reduce the risk of complications, and even prevent diabetes from getting any worse than it already is. After all, this should be our ultimate goal.
Since scientists and physicians are learning more every day about type 2 diabetes, and as new research is always being released, the more that you and I can do to control our diabetes, if not, cure it all together. It is going to pay dividends if we always take preventative steps for either type of diabetes.
Below there are several of the facts of diabetes; I just read about them again today. You may or may not already know them. But if you do know them, it is always good to refresh our memories of what we already know and implement any changes on things that are new, or things that we did not already know.
Knowledge Is Power
Knowledge in our case, is Power and the more we know, the more Powerful we can be over this disease.
I’ll bet that you were not aware of the costs involved with diabetes each and every year. That latest amount listed is about $174,000,000,000; or $174 Billion Dollars every year. Sound medical care, and preventative care, over this disease of diabetes, can do a whole lot to help cut the costs involved. Remember that the costs are inclusive of any side effect or symptom of diabetes. For example, if a patient were to get gangrene in their foot and had to have an amputation, then that cost would be included in those billions of dollars.
Type 2 diabetes is so much more prevalent than type 1 diabetes. Even though as I have stated before, type 2 diabetes is not considered a lifestyle disease. We did not necessarily get type 2 diabetes because of our lifestyle choices, not always. But it can be controlled with our new lifestyle choices. Certainly our lifestyle did help to make us fat or obese but the fact that we are obese is not necessarily the cause of our diabetes.
There are 411 plus million people worldwide today with diabetes. This I just learned from the information given from the developer of a product that I am currently marketing. Only about 5% of that 411 million people will have type 1 diabetes. Most all children with diabetes will be type 1, although the number of children with diabetes is increasing.
This next fact is very sad. At least I see it that way. Diabetes is considered the first cause of blindness in adults; those of working age. It is extremely important to make it one of our routines to visit our ophthalmologist (eye doctor). It is one of the most important steps in our diabetes management. My eyes were so fuzzy when I was diagnosed and they are worse at times, especially so if I am tired.
More Symptoms and More Facts
Did you know that one of the facts of diabetes is that a person is two times as likely to have heart disease? People with diabetes have a much higher chance of developing heart disease than people who don’t have the disease. It is crucial to manage your health by making healthy food choices, by making exercise a lifestyle choice, and getting proper rest every night. This is what we mean by healthy lifestyle changes and choices.
Something that I found out, and I was shocked about, was when my doctor told me that I had diabetes. I had no idea that I was sick. I didn’t have any symptoms, that I knew of.
The tops of my feet had become slightly discolored but I thought it was because I had the beginnings of a suntan and shrugged it off.
I was sweating more profusely, but thought it was only really happening when I was working around the house; I didn’t give it a second thought.
My hands were itching all the time and peeling. I had no idea that this was a symptom.
I have tinnitus; it makes me crazy. I have a low buzzing sound in my ears all the time. Now I have read that it is not the ears causing this buzz but the fact that there is something happening with my brain. This is not good because the article I read said that with the shrinkage of our brain, this tinnitus is the sound coming from over the top of that space on the brain that is shrinking. I read that there is a homeopathic remedy for this. But I will have to go and find it again because I lost it somewhere, I had so many different tabs open on my computer and I didn’t bookmark it either.
My scalp had become more dry and itchy. There was a spot right at my neckline where it was extremely itchy and there were big pieces of skin that was peeling. I thought it could be hereditary because my mother had a spot just like it on her neck. I thought it was something like seborrhea or some other skin ailment. Well it was but it was because my skin in many places was becoming so dry. There is a spot on my ankle that became really dry too and when I put lotion on it, the skin in that area simply peels away. I have one elbow that is like this too. All these symptoms were the sign of one big something and I just didn’t put it all together until it was too late.
My eyes had become fuzzy too. I went to the eye doctor after I had been diagnosed and I am in the need of glasses but I have known this for a while because I can’t read things that are close to my face. So now I have a prescription for glasses.
Weight gain, a little, but I certainly didn’t lose any like many other people do. Even when they started me on medications. Metformin 1,000 mg twice a day, Glipizide once at night, and Simvistatin or heart medication (it’s one of those statin drugs that I have read are so bad for us) to keep me from having a heart attack or a stroke. I want to get off all medications badly and every time I go through this list of things, I find I have forgotten something and then I’m reminded of why.
Apparently when diagnosed with diabetes, the doctor told me while I was in the hospital for pneumonia, that patients must be treated like heart patients. This scares the heck out of me; yes, I have so many fears now.
I used to have a fear of drowning but now I fear having a stroke! What if it’s so bad that I can’t do anything for myself afterwards? Or what if I have a heart attack and I die? I’m only 59. Or, what if I get a foot sore that turns into gangrene and my foot must be amputated? Or worst of all, what if I get Alzheimer’s disease and it goes on for years and I have to be institutionalized? My kids cannot afford to take care of me like that.
All these fears and I go through them every single day, and not just once either. How does one get beyond these kinds of fears? I pray a lot.
Those That Are Unaware
And of course, one of the facts of diabetes is that not everyone with diabetes knows they have it!
I read that there are approximately 86 million people in the United States alone that are prediabetic, which means that they can cure themselves if they make lifestyle changes now.
Many of those people however, do not know that they are prediabetic. If these people go through the next three years without finding out (probably by accident for most of them), that they will all be full blown type 2 diabetic at that point and there will be no turning back.
This is why I have made it my mission to put the facts of diabetes out there, everywhere and anywhere I can think to post it. People should automatically get tested when they go to the doctor, once a year, at least. It should be a part of any exam at your doctor’s office. It only takes a minute to give a vial of blood for testing and you can find out the same day if your physician is on the ball.
Annual Medical Tests
I have been hearing an advertisement on the television about baby-boomers and the fact that many of them have Hep C and do not know it. They are encouraging all baby boomers to get tested for Hep C today. They should also be encouraging them to be tested for Diabetes Type 2.
If you have a bit of a belly at all, you should get tested. But not even that matters anymore. If you are overly thirsty, drinking a lot of beverages, this is a symptom. If you are losing weight for no apparent reason, this is also a symptom. You heard the symptoms that I was having which aren’t even on the list of symptoms, but they are all there because of the diabetes.
This is why it makes so much sense today that about 1/3 of the people with type 2 diabetes, don’t know that they have it even. The symptoms are not always present. If you have no reason to suspect that you might be sick, then what do you do?
I should have been tested four years ago when my gall bladder had to be removed. Normally they make a tiny incision to remove a gall bladder. When I woke up in recovery, the doctor was there to talk to me and told me that mine was so bad that he had to make a ten-inch incision to take it out. It had a gall stone in the end of it and it had been blocked for quite some time. I would almost bet that at that time, I was still prediabetic and could have turned it around.
Thanks for stopping by today to read this new post. I hope that I have given you something new to ponder. Please leave your comments below; talk to me people. Tell me about your symptoms. What did you go through before you found out that you were type 2 diabetic, or even type 1?