Diabetes Type 2 - control with Self Control

Oh, NO !!! not Diabetes ?
Oh, NO !!! not Diabetes ?

The World needs to wake up on Diabetes

Hey WORLD wake up Diabetes is getting us. According to some reports Diabetes is now rated as the 7th worst killer of the human race!

And in most cases of Diabetes Type 2 it is self induced illness.

Some points to ponder:

  • It is costing lives
  • It is costing Billions
  • It is usually caused by 'lifestyle' habits!
  • If so I can usually be reversed by change of Lifestyle habits!
  • So get on it and get a test - today

Diabetes Type 2

" Er....... You have Diabetes! "

"Oh no" I seemed to scream , but it was only in my head, did the doctor just say that I had Diabetes.

I had just lost my sister who had suffered terribly from Diabetes Mellitus disease and I definitely was not prepared for this!

After gathering my thoughts which included going through the visions of administering insulin injections or taking tablets, losing feet or worse legs to gangrene I could hear him through the haze saying " Are you OK you look a little pale ?"

I was about to say to him: "F**K ! how would you feel bozo if you had just been told out of the blue that you had diabetes"

But no I just stared blankly at him and said " Well that was a bit of a shock "

After I composed myself the Doctor continued on to tell me that it was Type 2 diabetes and with the proper treatment my life as a diabetic would not be as bad as I might imagine.

He said that to control the 'blood sugar level' was the hardest part and that was mainly controlled by a fairly strict 'diabetes diet' !

Well that was a few years ago now but I still remember it as though it was yesterday.

Result

Ok, now that really did happen and I still do have Diabetes but thanks to good advise, a beautiful spouse that helped my along the way I have now got this disease under control.

In two ways I have got control of this horrible disease called 'Diabetes'

  •  I control the disease by proper management of my health.
  •  I use 'self control' by what goes into my mouth.

I would advise anyone in the risk zone to get to their doctor and have the proper tests carried out.

Diabetes Symptoms

Although not all are listed here I have listed the symptoms of diabetes that prompted me to go to the Doctors for a check up:

I always felt tired and weak and had a feeling of un-wellness without actually feeling sick. I would have an almost uncontrollable urge to sleep

My vision would blur for no explainable reason.

I was losing feeling in my feet (I dropped something on my toe and it did not hurt , I thought that was odd)

If you are concerned you can find plenty of information on the Internet but just to get you stared have a look at what the Mayo Clinic says about diabetes type 2.


Diabetic Causes

This list is not definitive and relates only to my own personal health conditions.

After discussions with the Medical professionals we came up with the following causes and eventual methods to get my health back to normal.

Tests indicated that I was weighing in at over 100 kg where my ideal weight should have been 75kg "oh my" .

I put this down to my own excesses during my working life on the road of having up to 10 bottles of Coca-Cola , hamburgers, hot-dogs, hm, did I mention the 2 or 3 Chocolate bars. My wife's cooking, on analysis, was probably what was keeping me in a reasonable state of health. It was my own hands that were doing the damage!

So there was only one thing for it. 'shape up' or 'ship out' in a wooden box !

Not being ready to 'pass over' just yet I had many things to accomplish , I buckled down and with regular exercise , cut out the junk food and drinks to a minimum and a good dose of healthy food from the better half I cut my weight down to the required 75 kg and quite miraculously my blood sugar levels dived down below the normal level.

Oh no overweight or obese !!
Oh no overweight or obese !!

Statistics

Now if you are over weight , are in a genetic danger zone for diabetes I would urge you to get your ass down to the Doctors and have a good test for this disease!

Early diagnosis makes it a lot easier to control. So don't just sit there get movin' OK

Here are some frightening stats on Diabetes.

Close on 8% and rising of the American population are suffering with diabetes ( classed as an epidemic) . Many do not even know that they have this disease!

The increase in the children being diagnosed with diabetes has been linked to obesity and is disturbing authorities world wide.

Dr.Fuhrman - Curing Diabetes ???

Unsolicited Comment

In case you miss this unsolicited comment from 'elly' I have decided to include it in the text of this Hub.(thanks elly )

When you watch the video you will see that Dr. Fuhrman is saying that it is possible to control and as stated even cure Type 2 Diabetes. He also alludes to the fact that Drug Companies seem to have vested interests in not finding a cure for Diabetes. Like "Hey guys if we find a cure for diabetes who will then buy our drugs"

Of course only change your medication after consulting and with the permission of your GP.


You will notice in the video that there is a reference to reduction of weight with diet.
That not only helps with your diabetes but helps takes the strain off other parts of your body such as : heart, feet, knees etc. (I know what your thinking, where are your etceteras lol)

It just goes to prove my old saying : You are what your eat.

Disclaimer

I must declare that I have no medical qualifications whatsoever, and any treatment mentioned in the above text is purely based on my own personal experiences.

If you do have concerns I urge you most sincerely to go to your Doctor and have him test you for Diabetes type 2 .

Go on don't just sit there !  Move it !

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Update 2012 - Diabetes facts

According to the 'International Diabetes Federation' in 2012 more than 370,000,000 people are suffering from Diabetes.
The incidence of Diabetes is increasing everywhere.
In the USA alone there are 63,000,000 yes that is correct '63million' people in the USA suffer from Diabetes and bear in mind that these figures are only the people who have been diagnosed with Diabetes.

I know the participants are not high on our poll but according to the numbers 43 people out of 100 suffer from Diabetes 21 people out of 100 have never had a test!


If you have any queries on diabetes type 2 please drop them into a comment box and If I can i'll post a reply or refer you to somebody who can.

We must get on top of this disease for our kids sake!

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I am sorry to hear you were diagnosed with diabetes, and of course its scary, but glad you have it under control. Your hub is a message for all of us to watch what we eat!

Thanks for sharing and educating us.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

VioletSun, thanks for your kind comment, I hope that the message does get through to some people. In Australia the diabetes disease is also regarded to be in epidemic proportions!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

By the way, I just came back from reading your wife's hubs, and boy, is she a beautiful woman, its reflected in her writings! So glad you encouraged her to join Hubpages. :)

Your hub freaked me out a little, which is a good thing because it encourages me to continue taking responsibility for my well being as I am not 20 anymore! Guess this is what a writer does, gets the point across and you did it very well.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

VioletSun, we thank you again for your kind words. My wife's beauty doe's shine through from her writings,I agree!

I hope my hub encourages everyone who reads it to go and get a test at least. I would not wish anyone to go through the sufferings I have seen caused by diabetes.

Thank you again for dropping in and reading my Hubs!


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Hey Ag! Excellent hub on 'Diabetes'!! This silent killer's symptoms are so subtle, many people overlook them, or worse yet, don't know the signs. I hope this gives people courage to talk about it, and pay attention to the signals their bodies are telling them! Well done!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Candie V, this , as you so aptly call it 'silent killer' (do you mind if I use that?) has reached epidemic proportions and people just seem to be ignoring the symptoms and what could be such an easy fix. If nothing is done about this Diabetes disease and soon I can see HUGE problems, both in America and Australia!

Thanks for your kind words and support :-)


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Yep... you're handling it the right way.. and educating others on Diabetes is a public service! Great post.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

carolina muscle, thanks for the endorsement, we do have to make more people aware, so lets keep the Diabetes problem out in front of everyone especially the politicians :-)


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Ag, feel free to use 'silent killer'! It fits so perfectly!


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vijayreddy1258 6 years ago from Hyderabad

Excellent information, I have come to know brief information regarding diabetics at http://www.healthplus24.com/Diseases_and_Condition...


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Glad to hear you're managing the disease with what seems like good humour! Hang in there oh noble fox. :)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Candie V thanks a lot for that I will fit it into the text somehow and hope it attracts some viewers :-)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

vijayreddy thanks for your contribution and I have looked at your link and there is some useful information. I will include it in a link capsule so it will not get lost :-)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Feline Prophet I do thank you for your concern. With some adjustments, due care and support one can lead a reasonably normal life and I do try and do that but sometimes a slip up occurs ( I just love chocolate ) and the waistline creeps out a bit too much. Hmm I must remember to go for my brisk walk tomorrow :-)


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

My sympathyfor your condition and thanks you for sharing this ...


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

This is a very informative and useful hub Peter, timely too, as so many people have diabetes these days.

Nice work!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

De Greek, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

I am trying to get the message across that this is a very serious problem and we need to do something about it sooner than later!


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

This a useful hub for getting people to think about this disease. My brother has a serious case, as did many in my father's family. Americans are at great risk, mainly because their eating habits are very unhealthy. I changed my eating habits after reading Anti Cancer: A New Way of Life, but the recommendations to avoid the onset of both cancer and diabetes are the same, high whole food (fruit and vegetable) content, less red meat, only organic dairy products, more oily fish, and the list goes on. I live about an hour south of Atlanta, Georgia, in the USA. Discovered you through your wife's site, and she probably discovered me through your friend Earnest. His politics are similar to mine. LOL. I noticed him on a forum, and started reading his hubs. Interesting people exist on this site, so even if I remain poor, its a nice hobby. Thanks for sharing this post.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

valeriebelew, thanks for your great comment:)

It looks like the Hub is accomplishing what I set out to do!

"Make people more aware of this horrible disease called Diabetes".

I believe there are two factors with Diabetes: Genes and Diet.

Genes you can't control too much but being a firm believer that your body become what you eat I think we should all become more selective in what passes between our lips!

I'm sure this would also apply to some cancers.

This wonderful invention called the Internet has made the world a much smaller place and it is always a pleasure to have discussions with people, like yourself, from so many diverse places and cultures!

Thanks again for dropping in and sharing and leaving a great comment :-)


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I also have type II diabetes which was diagnosed many years ago. generally it is under control, but I find periods when it is more trying than others. Often if I have some other illness-such as cancer awhile ago-that it also affects the diabetes.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

dahoglund, yes it is hard! You have to set your priorities don't you and strike a balance to maintain your health at a reasonable level. I hope that all is well with you at the moment?

Thank your for adding to the discussion on Diabetes :-)


elly 6 years ago

dear friends, diabetes type 2 is fully reversible do not believe those that advocate pharmaceuticals as the only way to "manage" your diabetes, managing diabetes isn't good enough damage to the organs will inevitably continue because meds do not re-establish normal glucose levels nor do they restore normal glucose metabolism. My brother was a diabetic and did reversed it two years ago and has been diabetes free since, all with just natural foods, lots of water, some supplements and exercise. Please follow these links and inform yourself on how to do it, don't be afraid you have nothing to loose. Medications in the long run harm not only your liver but also your kidneys. God bless

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzdhBo4pbgE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46_GInjBeQU&feature...


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

elly thanks for dropping by and leaving those very informative video links. I would suggest to anyone with type 2 diabetes to look as these videos as a way of self-managing type 2 diabetes.

This is pretty much the track my doctor took me down, although I did not go the whole vegan! I still have my red meat now and again!

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    Controlling Diabetes

    Some methods of controlling diabetes is exercise, a healthy diet with plenty of the correct recommended fruit and vegetables and monitoring your blood sugar level!

    Fresh Fruit

    Fresh fruit is good start for diet
    Fresh fruit is good start for diet

    Exercise walking along the beach

    My favorite walking along the beach, with the dog perhaps?
    My favorite walking along the beach, with the dog perhaps?

    The discipline of walking with a group

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    Get a group of friends and walk at the park or lake !

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    Only requires a little prick to test the blood sugar level
    Only requires a little prick to test the blood sugar level

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