When I was younger I used to hear my grandmother repeatedly quote the phrase, “prevent is better than cure”, usually after I did something wrong and received a scolding. After experiencing the death of my grandmother, due to complications from diabetes, I try to follow the principle of prevention over cure more often than I used to. Diabetes, simply put, occurs when there is an excessive amount of glucose in a person’s blood and urine and the body’s inability to make insulin or respond to the insulin. It’s been said that diabetes (other than gestational and juvenile diabetes) is a preventable disease. The onset of diabetes depends on the type, the most common type is Type 2 Diabetes, which is a result of genetics, sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet (high in fatty and sugary foods). For years, type 2 diabetes was commonly found in only adults, but now the disease is increasing in numbers among young children and teens who are overweight. Living with this disease has its challenges, such as paying extra attention to the food you eat and always remembering to test your glucose to make sure you have an acceptable glucose level. If you know someone who has type 2 diabetes or if you have the disease yourself then you’re aware of the many cases where as a result patients have lost their eyesight, develop heart disease, have kidney failure, had a stroke and some patients have lost a limb due to gangrene. Thinking about complications like these is devastating and breaks your heart, but it can also serve as a reminder to take better care of our health.
Educating yourself on preventable measures will help to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, eating lots of fruits and vegetables is not such a bad thing either. Continued education for those living with diabetes can help patients find suitable treatment and management tools. For more information on diabetes you can speak with your doctor or nurse practitioner, they are a good resource to answer any questions you might have. You can also contact local agencies in your area that deal specifically with treating and educating the public on diabetes.
All the best,