It’s no secret Type 2 diabetes is quickly becoming the biggest epidemic of our time and unfortunately many diabetics are choosing to ignore their condition. While it wouldn’t be fair to accuse anyone of neglecting their disease entirely, evidence shows many do. Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable; there are many steps you can take to stop it before it becomes irreversible. The fact is an overwhelming majority of adults disregard their health issue.
If you are neglecting your diabetes, or if it’s something you might be struggling to admit, read on.
Neglecting Type 2 diabetes is dangerous. While it may seem innocuous most of the time, high blood sugar levels are harmful to your body. In the short-term, it may be something to disregard. Life, after all, has enough to keep you busy. If you are currently struggling financially, for instance, it may not be the best time to worry about whether or not you are going to be alive in 10 or 20 years.
But, sooner or later you must focus on what is most important: your health. While money can often be recovered, the same thing cannot be said about your health. If your health degrades past a certain point, it may be impossible to recover. At the very worst, premature death could be the outcome.
That’s where Type 2 diabetes comes in.
We must be frank and to the point when we say Type 2 diabetes is a deadly disease when neglected. This disease has the potential to exacerbate, unlike many other diseases, since high and unstable blood sugar levels are inherently toxic to the body. High blood sugar levels will ruin your health while impairing the optimal functioning of vital systems. Your eyes, nerves, kidneys, blood vessels, and heart are just some of the organs affected.
On average, people with Type 2 diabetes can expect their life to be lowered by 5 to 12 years. For some, this figure rises to 20 years! Generally speaking, the younger one becomes afflicted with diabetes, the greater the reduction in their life expectancy – provided the disease is not controlled by following healthy dietary and exercise strategies.
In light of these facts, you can see why it is dangerous to neglect your health. No matter what stage of life you are in, you must take care of your well-being.
The best thing you could do is take preventive measures by…
- transforming your diet to help you lower your blood sugar,
- lose weight and
add activity to your lifestyle plan.
Through your lifestyle choices, you have tremendous power to determine your health, now and in the years to come. The worst you could do is continue to neglect your health.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.