Diabetes and Weight Control

Diabetes and Weight Control

Cancers are unexpected and for the most part uncontrollable diseases that claim the lives of thousands of people each year. They run their cruel course in the most painful and often undignified way and they not only infect their victims but they also painfully overwhelm the lives of those who love them.  Other uncontrollable diseases affect many lives each year and run their venomous course until they achieve what they are set out to do, conquer and destroy lives.  This unfairness is cruel and with no cures on the horizon, many lives will be turned upside down directly or indirectly from many of these uncontrollable diseases and deadly diseases.  However, just as there are many uncontrollable diseases that plague the lives of so many, there are also many controllable diseases that make their way into lives of thousands of people each year, alter their live and realign their victims on a new path.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension are many diseases that “can” be controlled, not always, but to some degree are controllable, and among those diseases includes diabetes.  Diabetes is a disease that is becoming an epidemic and running ramped through many lives and although it is a disease that can be lived with, statistics have shown, the majority of people who are diagnoses with diabetes have also received a shortened lifespan, and this lifespan varies from person to person.  Type 2 Diabetes is a manageable disease but each year it does claim the lives of more breast cancer and AIDS victims combined – an overwhelming and very frightening reality.  Type 2 diabetes includes ninety to ninety-five percent of all diabetes victim and the percentage is growing.

People with type 2 diabetes do produce insulin and that is the main difference between type 1 and type 2.  However, in type 2 diabetes the pancreas does not typically produce enough insulin the body cannot use the insulin effectively.  When this happens, glucose cannot get into the body’s cells, which results in an inability of the cells to function properly, resulting in many other serious ailments.  When high levels of glucose sit in the body the damaging effects begin to take place that often result in nerve damage and smaller blood vessels of the eyes, affecting the vision, kidneys that results in kidney failure and heart. When damage occurs to the nerves of the heart it predisposes them to hardening of the large arteries, which results in other life-threatening ailments including heart failure and stroke.

In addition to these horrific side effects and results of type 2 diabetes, the build-up of sugar causes a severe increase in urination.  When the kidneys lose the glucose through the urine, large amounts of water are also lost causing dehydration.  For most people experiencing dehydration, it can be treated quickly and effectively.  However, with people who suffer from type 2 diabetes this can result in a diabetic coma or other life-threatening complications.

There are some commonalities in people with type 2 diabetes but they do not all result in the disease.  One of the most common denominators among type 2 diabetics is people who are obese, or overweight.  The reason that overweight people are more likely to develop the disease is because with large amounts of fat, it makes it very hard to use insulin the correct way.  And, this is exactly why you see many overweight people with diabetes.  So if weight and obesity are direct links to diabetes, and diabetes has severe tolls on people’s lives, then why aren’t people more concerned about weight?  With over sixty percent of the population reaching obese levels, it is safe to say that people do not consider the serious affects of becoming overweight.

The problem with weight gain is it is a subtle process, although we do not wake up one morning as overweight or obese, it may feel that way to us.   It takes months, weeks, even years to get to the place where a person who was once a normal weight to becoming obese.  Of course, there are other reasons for weight gain.  Many women cannot shed the excess weight they put on during pregnancy.  Other people gain weight due to inactive thyroid, illness, age or other complicating factors, but for most people, weight gain is simply due to poor diet and inactive lifestyle.  Granted, there are those unfortunate people that suffer from slower than normal metabolisms, but for the most part weight is something that can be controlled and should be controlled.  When weight is controlled, diabetes 2 is controlled or kept at bay.

There are other commonalities among people with type 2 diabetes, including low HDL cholesterol and high blood pressure. Coincidentally, these are also life threatening ailments that can somewhat be controlled, and are a direct result of excessive weight.

Many other predispositions increase the risk of diabetes 2.  The older you get, the more susceptible you become they potentially deadly disease.  Typically, you are at a higher risk after the age of 45.  Unfortunately, there are certain ethnicity that are more likely to develop diabetes than others and of course people who have been borderline diabetic or have had gestational diabetes re also in a higher risk category.  Then there are those rare, very rare instances where people with none of the commonalities develop the disease but that is far and few between.

The vast majority of people who have been diagnosed with diabetes 2 are overweight or are obese.  There is undeniable evidence that weight is the main contributor with diabetes 2 and this cannot be ignored or overlooked and if the disease can be avoided by simply maintaining a healthy weight, then why is it so recklessly out of control?  The issues of weight, control and lack of it are a topic for an entirely separate article as it involves other physical, emotional and mental correlations however it cannot denied that weight control is key in remaining healthy and disease free.

If we can control a deadly disease by simply controlling weight, then there should be a strong emphasis and plight to have people maintain their weight, and this should be instituted at a young age.  Prolonging life through weight control should be a national effort and agenda.  Diabetes is life altering, unforgiving, and deadly but with weight control, you minimize your chances of getting the disease substantially.

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