Introduction to Diabetes-The Facts

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Diabetes is not an overnight illness.  It happens over a period of time and the longer you take to make the necessary lifestyle changes, the harder it will be to control diabetes.

When you have diabetes, it means that there is too much glucose in your blood.  This happens because the body is finding it difficult to use the existing glucose.

Insulin, Glucose, and Pancreas in a Nutshell

Insulin is a hormone.  It is produced by the pancreas.  Sometimes no insulin is produced by the pancreas.  In other cases, enough insulin is not produced.  There is yet another situation known as insulin resistance, where insulin is produced but fails to function properly.

Glucose enters our cells because of insulin.  This is how we get energy.  Weaknesses in this process will alter how we move, play and work.

Let me now say a bit more about glucose.  We get this when we eat carbohydrates.  This is however not the only way we get glucose.  It is also produced in our liver.  Sometimes our bodies have a hard time to use this glucose.  The result is that it stays in our blood.  When this happens, it is not used to fuel the body and give us the energy we need to be active as we perform our daily routines. Please see video below for an introduction to diabetes. This video was created by “Stuff Made Simple.”

Type 1 or 2,  Which is it?

In Type 1 Diabetes, the body cannot produce insulin.  Fewer persons suffer from this type of diabetes, it is, however, common in children.

This website is dedicated to helping those with Type 2 Diabetes, especially since my own experiences are with Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the body fails to produce enough insulin, or it is produced, but just does not work how it should.  This type is more common in people 40+ years old.  This, however, varies in some countries.

A Ray of Hope Glitters in the Sky A Ray of Hope

You might have been told before that you will always have diabetes, but that is not true.  A change in what you eat and do can place your glucose readings in the normal range again.  This is nothing new, as it has been done by many people all over the globe.

It is of extreme importance that you take diabetes seriously as it can lead to other complications, which could make your days painful and miserable.

On this page, I will give you a brief introduction to diabetes, where we will look at the characteristics and the symptoms.

CharacteristicsMain symptoms of diabetes

  • high blood sugar
  • insulin resistance
  • lack of insulin

Symptoms

  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • increased thirst
  • increased hunger
  • feeling tired
  • sores that either cannot heal or take a long time to do so
  • yeast infection (keeps coming back)
  • blurry vision
  • tingling in hands and feet

Needless to say, if you are experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, please see a doctor and have an Executive Profile done, where they will check your glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, eyes, liver function to name a few.

Your Future, if Nothing is Done

If you have diabetes and fail to act, then a few possibilities will be waiting for you.  It is likely that you may experience one or more of the following:

  1. Kidney problems
  2. Issues with your eyes
  3. Digestive problems due to problems with your nerves
  4. Cuts which do not heal or are slow to heal, sometimes leading to loss of limbs
  5. Blood vessels and heart issues
  6. Diabetic come, a possibility if your glucose is not controlled and you become dehydrated
  7. Difficulty falling or staying asleep.  Sleep is essential for good health.  If you are not well rested, then other health issues become a reality
  8. Inflammation could increase

I am sure you will agree with me that diabetes is risky and could result in too many health problems.  The truth is, if you have diabetes and fail to act, then you are looking at a miserable, painful life in the future.  Your joy will be taken.  The only solution I see for us is to change our lifestyle and be diabetic free, or at least to control our diabetes.

This lifestyle change will ask you to eat whole foods and to include exercise in your daily routine.

I have taken the time to give you a brief introduction to diabetes so that you can see how serious this illness can be and to share my own journey with you throughout these pages so that you can have the results I am currently experiencing.

Act NOW, Avoid the Pain and Agony

Truth be told, diabetes is a serious illness, that could make you live miserable and in pain until it leads to your death.  It could lead to numerous complications which may shorten your lifespan.  These complications will be discussed in a future post, but the time to act is now!

Make the decision to embrace a diabetes diet to ensure a happier, healthier you.  Act Now!  The time to act is now! Take charge and decrease your numbers! I’ve included a link to a book with more information.

Please feel free to leave me a note below and I will respond.

Walk Good.

 

Medical Disclaimer 

10 Comments


  1. // Reply

    I really liked the graphic, it did a great job of summarizing all the symptoms of diabetes. Its unfortunate how prevalent diabetes is, it just goes to show how important it is to keep a balanced diet.


    1. // Reply

      Matt, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I am glad you like the graphics. Yes, too many persons are living unhappy, painful lives because of a lifestyle illness, which can be avoided for the most.

      Walk good Matt and all the best. Hope to “see” you again on this site.


  2. // Reply

    Very informative Josephine, really interesting the graphics are great as they help so much with understanding the issue. Thank you for sharing.


  3. // Reply

    Very interesting and helpful website. If only more people were aware of the dangers of diabetes and how it can be prevented. Hopefully this website will help to get the word out. Thank you, Deanna


    1. // Reply

      Deanna, thanks for reading and commenting. Unfortunately, sometimes we have the information but fail to act. That was my situation, but to hear the experiences of others and to be mentored and encouraged makes a world of difference. For these reasons, I am sharing my journey.


  4. // Reply

    Diabetes have been in my family for some generations. This site is well put together and very helpful for the person who is suffering with this health problem. It’s very good for people who have experienced something to share with others and you did just that.


    1. // Reply

      Ronnie, thanks for stopping and please share my website with your family members. There is no reason to accept diabetes in your family for generations. Stop the cycle and save the younger generation. You owe them a life free of diabetes. Do you have diabetes as well?


  5. // Reply

    Thank you for posting. It’s a shame how diseases such diabetes can be prevented but people choose an unhealthy lifestyle instead. I know some people even though they do have diabetes but they go out of their way to do the opposite of what the doctor says. I really like your post. Well details, it’s really helpful that you’ve written the symptoms and what can result if someone doesn’t take the initiative to choose a healthier lifestyle.


    1. // Reply

      Megz, thanks for taking the time. Culture goes a far way and it can either make us or break us. Every home has it’s own culture and it can be difficult when we grow eating a certain way to just make the switch. We have to continue to encourage each other and pray for the best. Are you diabetic?

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