Updated: Nov 6, 2019
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and causes the death of over 80,000 Americans every year. It is the leading cause of death among Americans with diabetes and affects over 30 million people in the US alone. The number has increased by millions over the past decade.
One of the biggest problems is that at least one quarter of the population is living with diabetes, undiagnosed.
The most common symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include increased thirst, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, frequent urination, infections, fatigue, and increased hunger.
Many people who suffer from the disease also have lower body problems which can become traumatic. Diabetic foot problems are common and happen due to the lack of oxygen to your lower body caused by diabetic vascular disease. This is why some people need to have their foot or lower leg amputated.
The lack of efficient circulation leads to nerve problems and ulcers. Since the nerves are damaged, the lower extremities often lose feeling and become numb. According to some studies, up to 10 percent of diabetic patients have this problem. When this happens, amputation is often necessary since the lower limbs will essentially just "rot" away. This usually occurs about 6 months after diagnosis.
Let’s start by understanding what diabetes is. Diabetes starts by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, not adequately regulating the blood sugar levels in your body. This hormone helps to control the energy levels in your body. If you contract diabetes, your body becomes resistant to insulin. This makes your pancreas produce more insulin to try and compensate for the lower production, but the levels won’t regulate sufficiently which causes a build up and high blood sugar levels. This is how Type 2 diabetes begins.
Risk factors that can instigate the disease include being overweight, genetics including demographics (African-American, Hispanic, American Indian), age: over 45, and lack of exercise.
We can see that some of these factors are not in your control, but most are controllable. Having too much body fat and not exercising enough are major influences on developing disease.
Looking at the factors that cause the disease, we can see that unhealthy living is a major contributor. More so than genetics and demographics. It doesn’t matter what race, age, or sex, if you have poor nutrition and don’t exercise, you are at a higher risk to acquire the disease.
You can live for years without experiencing major symptoms, but eventually they will arise.
If you feel you may have some symptoms or may be at risk, take this test from the U.S. CDC.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to prevent the disease. Increasing your exercise problems and limiting sugar in your diet can help immensely. Even basic walking three times a week for 30 minutes and cutting out added sugars will definitely benefit your health.
A great program I found to assist in preventing and possibly easing symptoms for those who have this disease, is the Halki Diabetes Remedy. This is a program that doesn't cure the disease, but there is a lot of useful information on how to prevent and control it. What I like most about it is the natural remedies and preventive measures it gives us. If you are looking to stay Type 2 diabetes free I recommend trying it out here Halki Diabetes Remedy.
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Regular exercise has been proven to help control body fat and regulate blood sugar and blood pressure levels.