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Early Warning Signs for Diabetes

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What is diabetes and why should you even care about it?

Type 2 diabetes is what you get when your body’s ability to properly regulate glucose as fuel is impaired. When you have type 2 diabetes, it is a chronic condition where you have too much sugar floating around in your bloodstream. This will become problematic for you  when high blood sugar levels lead to disorders of the circulatory, nervous and immune systems. In other words, type 2 diabetes is no laughing matter and must be taken seriously, although many people do not. I am not a gambler, but I would be more than willing to wager that you either know a person who does not take their diabetes seriously, or that you could even be one of them yourself.

When you have type 2 diabetes, your pancreas is no longer producing enough insulin to keep your blood-sugar down, and/or your cells have become immune to insulin and no longer take in blood sugar as they should. When you have type 2 diabetes it affects many major organs, including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Also, factors that increase the risk of diabetes are risk factors for other serious chronic diseases. In other words, if “YOU” do not turn this ship around, you are facing life threatening conditions that could be avoided altogether.

Ignore these warning signs at your own peril!

Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly. In fact, you can be living with type 2 diabetes for years and not know it, until it causes you severe problems or even an early demise from heart disease. I cannot emphasize the seriousness of diabetes enough. People with type 2 diabetes who have no other health risk factors for heart disease are five times more likely to die of heart disease than those without. Additionally,  people with type 2 diabetes, no matter the number of other heart disease risk factors, are as likely to have a heart attack as someone without diabetes who has already suffered a heart attack.

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The most common cause of heart disease in a person with diabetes is hardening of the coronary arteries or atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrition to the heart. And this condition can usually be avoided through proper nutrition and exercise. You truly are what you eat – eat a lot of junk and your body will be junk before you know it. This can be avoided!

Factors that may increase your risk of type 2 diabetes include:

Potential complications of diabetes!

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Type 2 diabetes affects many major organs, including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Also, factors that increase the risk of diabetes are risk factors for other serious chronic diseases. Managing diabetes and controlling your blood sugar can lower your risk for these complications or coexisting conditions (comorbidities):

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Prevention!

Get your nutrition in order by cutting out all foods with added sugars, and watch your caloric intake. With your doctor’s approval, get your tail up and start moving. These are the first steps to take. By doing these things you will lose weight.  Losing even a modest amount of weight and keeping it off can delay the progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, losing 7% to 10% of your body weight can reduce the risk of diabetes. But do not stop there. If you stop your weight loss at your minimally perceived finish line, it is going to be too easy to jump back over and into the danger zone.

 

(1) MayoClinic.org

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