Diabetes Facts You Should Know

Hi! I happened upon your blog through my sister’s Facebook page, and then took time to go through the health info on your profile. Thank you for putting the word out there. I am 39-year-old male and what you would call a couch potato. I would take the occasional walk but was pretty much not into working out.  

I loved to eat and never paid attention to what ate before. My mum had type 2 diabetes, and passed away at 59. Couple of years ago, I started noticing tingling in my hands and feet. I ignored the feeling for some months but sought help when it became worse. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Right then, I knew I needed to make changes. Now, I eat right and try to work out every day. I feel better, more confident and sleep better. 

Did you know

  • Majority of people who have diabetes do not know that they have it. You could have diabetes type 2, and not have any symptoms
  • Diabetes type 2 is more common. Only about 5% of people have diabetes type 1.
  • If you are diabetic, you are at a risk for death because it is the leading cause of death in the most countries. You are also at risk forof kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness
  • If you are African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, you have more risk for diabetes type 2.
  • You can prevent your risk for diabetes type 2 by losing weight and engaging in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity such as brisk walking each day. 
  • If you are diabetic, your meal plan is not very different than that which is recommended for people without diabetes. 
  • If you are obese, you can reduce your symptoms of diabetes with Bariatric surgery.
  • By having good control of diabetes, you can dramatically reduce the risk of developing complications, and prevent your complications from getting worse. 
  • If you are diabetic, you are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes

In diabetes type 2, the body does not use insulin properly. At first, the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time the pancreas isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep the blood glucose levels normal.

Some people with type 2 can control their blood glucose with healthy eating and being active. But, some need oral medications or insulin to help them meet their target blood glucose levels. 

7 thoughts on “Diabetes Facts You Should Know

    1. Hello Bruno, it is very possible to prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes. Eating healthy whole food, addressing overweight and staying at a healthy weight, and committing to some physical activity—which can be a walk or two daily—is enough to help get your blood glucose level back into the normal range

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  1. Your teaching of T2D is very interesting to me because my recent lab result shows that I am pre-diabetes. I am committed to reversing it backward, if I know exactly what to do. Thank you.

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