In 2006, according to the World Health Organization, at least 171 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes. Its incidence is increasing rapidly, and it is estimated that by the year 2030, this number will double.
The statistics above show that diabetes is becoming a worrying trend in the United States. A total of 20.8 million people in the United States have diabetes and the number is increasing. Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, know that there is nothing in the world at the moment that can cure it. You can only control it. To give yourself power over it, you have to know everything there is to know about it.
Although there are 3 types of diabetes, all forms share the same characteristic of high blood sugar.
- Type 1
- Type 2
is due to autoimmune destruction of the pancreatic beta cells which produce insulin that prevents high blood sugar.
the pancreatic beta cells are working, but a huge portion of tissues in the body are insulin resistant.
insulin resistance caused by pregnancy in women who have a family history of developing diabetes.
People with diabetes are 3 times more likely to experience complications compared to non-diabetics. Below are several of the most common complications faces by diabetics.
- Heart disease and stroke account for 65 percent of deaths in people with diabetes.
- High blood pressure is experienced by more than 7 in 10 diabetics.
- Blindness from diabetics is the highest cause of blindness between adults of 20 to 74 years.
- Kidney disease like kidney failure accounts for 44 percent of new cases in 2002.
- Nervous system damage happens to about 65% of diabetics. Results of such damage include slow food digestion, carpal tunnel syndrome, impaired sensation in the feet and hands.
- Amputations on nontraumatic lower-limbs are carried out on more than 60 percent of diabetics.
- Dental diseases such as periodontal disease (loss of attachment between teeth and gums) happens to more than 3 in 10 diabetics
- Complications of pregnancy will only happen to ignorant diabetics. Major birth defects will happen to 7% of them. Their life will be at risk if the baby grows excessively large during the third trimester.
Here’s an advice for people new to diabetes. Let time help overcome the disorder. If you take care of yourself you will be happier than you ever were. There are 4 basic things that diabetics ought to do, especially Type 2’s.
- Exercise daily. Go for morning and evening walks. If your legs have problems, swim. Join a local gym. Let the fees paid be a daily motivation to exercise. Check the fitness section of this blog.
- Eat healthily. Lower calories equals to lower blood glucose. Combine daily exercising and healthy eating, you’ll get weight loss. Know that ALMOST everyone with Type 2 is overweight. Check out the food / cooking section of this blog.
- Focus on what you want, and what you don’t want will fall away by itself. Stay relaxed, be content and stay happy.
- Prescriptions are what you don’t need. Independence and freedom is what you need. Remember, if you don’t take control of your own life, prescriptions will.