Type II diabetes is a common condition. The sad thing is that it is preventable. Type II diabetes is an “illness of neglect.”
I have type II diabetes. I should not have it. I currently am not doing the things I should do to prevent it. Hopefully I will change that in the coming weeks as I try to turn my health around. I am 61-years-old. About the time I was 52-years-old or so I began to get signs of diabetes. I became really hungry and thirsty and got up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Additionally at times my eyes would become blurry. I had put weight on and further I had stopped exercising. My doctor then put me on a diet and gave me oral medication. The medication worked but I had a number of side effects. I did do better on my diet and as a result was able to discontinue the oral medication.
Because Diabetes II is so common we should examine it from all aspects. First of all just because we get diabetes later in life does not mean we won’t develop Type I diabetes and need to use insulin. It can deteriorate to that. Usually Type II diabetes is handled with diet or oral medication. However Type I is an entirely different ballgame and you soon find yourself on Insulin which means you have the pleasure of giving yourself shots.
The reasons I have given for developing Diabetes are “risk factors.”In addition to that I had parents with adult onset diabetes and as I said I had put weight on and my blood pressure was not controlled. I also had a history of transient ischemic attack (TIA). A transient ischemic attack is literally a mild stroke. In my case it was because I was a heavy smoker. One of my carotid arteries “dissected.” That was my background.
What are your risk factors?
If your background is African American, Native American, Asian or Latino you are at higher risk then a Caucasian.
Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE in the Fall Issue of “Diabetes Magazine,” suggests the symptoms to look for are “increased thirst, increased hunger, fatigue, weight loss, blurred vision, sores that do not heal and increased urination.”
Diabetes is not something to take lightly because untreated it can change your life for the worse. I am living proof of that. And, the worst thing is in most cases the condition is preventable.
If you aren’t watching your risk factors, start. If you already have diabetes, start anyway.
I know I’m going to.
“Do I have Diabetes?” Article, Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, “Diabetes Magazine,” Fall 2009