Diabetes which some people call the rich man's sickness, don't only affect the rich but nowadays also affects poor people regardless of age. Diabetes doesn't kill directly by itself but the effects of Diabetes is what kill people.
Complications as Foot ulcer (which leads to amputation), Kidney disease, Eye problems, etc.
Type 2 diabetes usually starts with insulin resistance, a situation where muscles, liver and fat cells do not use insulin well. As a result of this, your body needs more insulin to help glucose enter cells. And over time, the pancreas can't meet up with producing enough insulin and blood glucose levels rise.
The older you get, the more you're predisposed to this disease. People who are above 40 years old, most especially those between 45 and 65 years old are more susceptible to type 2 diabetes.
Although, chances of getting type 2 diabetes increase with age, it is not a normal part of aging.
You may probably be living a healthy lifestyle, you maintain a nice weight, you eat clean and all. This is good but they are no guarantees that you have a normal blood sugar (glucose) level.
This also boils down to the fact that those who are diligent in taking their type 2 diabetes can still develop deadly type-2 diabetes complications which most times leads to their death.
Did you know that a family history of diabetes, race, being overweight, being pre-diabetes, having low levels of good cholesterol increases the risk of diabetes happening to you by whopping 80%? This has been proven by medical experts at WebMD.
If you have grandparents, parents, siblings who have it, your chances of also having type 2 diabetes is on the rise.
Surely, lowering blood sugar in diabetics is an effective strategy for reducing the risk of death and heart disease. It is just plain common-sense that if diabetes is a disease of high blood sugar, then reducing blood sugar would be beneficial.
However, it is important to note that elevated sugar is only a symptom and not the cause of the problem. The real problem is elevated insulin unchecked over decades from a highly refined carbohydrate diet, a sedentary lifestyle and environmental toxins. This is what kills slowly or quickly.
If it wants to kill you slowly, you could wake up one morning and discover you've been hit with a stroke, either your whole body is paralysed or half of it is dead to sensation. Or you could wake up to find a small wound on your limb or leg which refuses to health and your doctors will rather cut it off to safe the rest of your body.
With this happening to you, you lose the quality of life you've been used to and will have to rely on everyone around you to do basic things. Stroke is so bad that mobility because of a major issue to the extent that you may not be able to use the toilet by yourself. My great-uncle had to pee and poo on himself, then we clean it off him. That's how bad it is.
You could also be hit with kidney failure or even lose your eyesight if you doubt my words, just do a simple Google search.
If it wants to kill you quickly, it comes like a thief in the middle of the night to steal you away, causing a heart attack or cardiac arrest that kills you the same moment it strikes. That's why you hear of people that slump and die.
I suffered almost the same fate. I started experiencing frequent urination, always feeling dehydrated, thirsty and hungry. I was obese and I had a bad eating habit. When I was diagnosed with blood sugar so high, it was 125mg/dL to be precise. It is called borderline diabetes.
I was scared to death, I feared that I would either have a stroke or a heart attack one day and be erased from the face of the earth. To make my fears worse, I had lost my grandma to this same Diabetes.
Most medications and insulin therapy are always aimed at lowering blood sugar by increasing insulin. This is a bad idea as seen in a randomised ACCORD trial of over 10,000 patients.
In the intensive glucose-lowering group, there were no fewer heart attacks, and more patients died. Yet people suffering from diabetes continue to pay over $174 billion annually for this type of care, despite evidence that lifestyle works better than medications. We also pay for cardiac bypass and angioplasty in diabetics when evidence shows no reduction in death or heart attacks compared to medication.
Now, that we know what doesn't work, let me walk you through what works.