Even if you do not have it now, there is an extremely high likelihood that you WILL get diabetes if you do not educate yourself soon enough.
Diabetes is one of those diseases that is so common, with so many people living out their lives under its shadow, that most of us don’t think of it as being deadly. The fact is, diabetes is the seventh* leading cause of death in the U.S. That may be an understatement, however, as this disease also contributes greatly to the number one cause of death, heart disease.
Before I go further with the notion that it may be possible to kick diabetes, let me first acknowledge that sufferers of this disease fall into two groups. Simply put, type 1 diabetes results from the body’s inability to produce insulin. This is the job of the pancreas, which is a part of the digestive system. Once the pancreas completely stops functioning, or if that condition persisted since infancy or early in life, then one is said to have type 1 diabetes.
While this discussion may be useful to some small degree to those with type 1 diabetes, it is intended more for the rest of us. This discussion is directed, in fact, to everyone else! If you do not have type 1 diabetes, there is an extremely high likelihood that you WILL get type 2 diabetes. For the sake of simplicity, from this point forward, when I use the term diabetes, I am mainly referring to the type 2 variety.
While the onset of type 1 diabetes is generally early in life, and may be genetic, type 2 diabetes more often results from our own doing. Over the course of our lives we abuse the body by what we feed it. There may be little one can do to avoid type 1 diabetes, but with type 2 it is an entirely different story. I will venture so far as to state that the cause of type 2 diabetes is more about ignorance than genetics. Its cure, then, or its control, rests largely with education.
The cause of type 2 diabetes is more about ignorance than genetics. Its cure, then, or its control, rests largely with education.
I am an educated man, having obtained advanced college degrees. Yet I was ignorant when it came to understanding the body I have lived with for the past 65 years. Shame on me, yes, but shame on an education system that fails to effectively teach every one of us about something so critical as the care and treatment of the bodies we carry through life. As for me, I admit that surely I had opportunity to undertake such a study, but I was too busy living life to take the time to better understand it. I dare say most of us could honestly admit the same.
So why have I taken a perfectly healthy body and allowed it to become diseased? More importantly, what can you do to avoid the same fate? What can we do together to kick diabetes? From what I’ve been reading lately, it can be kicked!
So what is this disease of ignorance, the thing we call diabetes?
Diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to metabolize sugar and carbohydrates, leading to elevated levels of blood sugar. Chronically high blood sugar contributes to serious problems, including cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, vision loss, and even amputation of toes, fingers, and limbs.
Add to these numbers the 86 million Americans with “prediabetes,” well on the road to the full-blown disease. That is 37% of the U.S. population. Nearly 90% of those people do not even realize that they have it.
Of those of us aged 65 or older, 25.9% have fallen victim to the disease. That is more than 1-in-4, today, and the incidence of diabetes on the rise.
This disease is not reserved just for old people. Consider that of the population over age 20, more than one in every 8 persons in that age group (12.3%) also have the disease. It didn’t used to be that bad, but our modern diet and lifestyle has led to this. This is a sad thing, for sure
Diabetes is Deadly.
Diabetes is Costly.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that 10% of all health care dollars are spent treating diabetes and its complications. To the extent that diabetes leads to other serious diseases, such as heart and kidney disease, the true cost may be much greater.
Complications of Diabetes
Diabetes contributes to a broad spectrum of other diseases, including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, neuropathy, amputations, and strokes.
In fact, this is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of all new cases of kidney failure. Nearly 50,000 Americans begin treatment for kidney failure due to diabetes each year.
Hyperglycemic crisis accounts for hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits each year.
Even vision problems are linked with diabetes. Approximately 28.5% of Americans afflicted with the disease over age 40 also suffer from diabetic retinopathy.
Each of the above statistics are from “Fast Facts Data and Statistics about Diabetes,” published by the American Diabetes Association in March of 2015.
Diabetes is a Growth Industry.
Finally realizing this is a serious disease, what can we do about it? How can we kick diabetes before it kicks us? Can the effects of disease be reversed?
“Big Pharma,” the gigantically profitable pharmaceutical industry, has its solutions — but only to treat symptoms of the disease. Curing the disease would slash pharmaceutical profits too drastically for the pharmaceutical industry to seriously consider finding a cure. Don’t look for a cure there. Maintaining the disease actually adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the coffers of the pharmaceutical industry, a number that is on the rise.
Diet is terribly important, contributing to both the cause and the cure of diabetes. The trick is, knowing what to eat, and what to avoid. That is ultimately the purpose of HowToKickDiabetes.com. With this website we hope to help our visitors to understand the disease, and then to avoid, or to better cope with, and preferably to kick the disease.
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