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Diabetic America

Updated on April 15, 2015

Are You? Am I?

I was feeling really weird. I had a drink just a little earlier but only one. My head was swimming and I just didn't feel right.

My wife, who is diabetic, decided to check my blood sugar.

My God! The reading was 321. My sugar was very high. She asked me what I had eaten that day. It was the normal, fast food. My daily intake of a dollar menu burger or a hot dog from the gas station. Oh yea, I almost forgot, the energy drink I swallowed at lunch.

Can you say calories, cholesterol, and high blood sugar.

Every day many people eat just the way I do.

We are Diabetic America!

What To Do?

Well, I don't know about you, but I don't want to have to give myself a shot of insulin daily.

It is time for a healthy start. Time to eat healthier and take vitamins and minerals.

As I said earlier, my wife is diabetic. She has been for a long time. She is 48 and is almost blind because of diabetes. Diabetes has gave her kidney disease and she has dialysis 3 days a week, 4 hours a day.

Diabetes is a mean disease! It can attack so many other vital functions of your body.

How about the next time that the thought is to have a McDonald's cheeseburger, try a salad. Instead of soda, I will have juice. Let's take a look at the sugar/calorie content of everything we ingest.

Here is a second video by the same guys.

It's All About The Diet

Ask any Doctor; if you eat properly, your odds of getting diabetes are very, very low.

The following statistics are taken from the American Diabetes Association:

Data from the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet (the most recent year for which data is available)

Total: 23.6 million children and adults in the United States—7.8% of the population—have diabetes.

Diagnosed: 17.9 million people

Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people

Pre-diabetes: 57 million people

New Cases: 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.

Total prevalence of diabetes

Under 20 years of age

  • 186,300, or 0.22% of all people in this age group have diabetes
  • About 1 in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents has type 1 diabetes
  • About 2 million adolescents aged 12-19 have pre-diabetes

Age 20 years or older

  • 23.5 million, or 10.7% of all people in this age group have diabetes

Age 60 years or older

  • 12.2 million, or 23.1% of all people in this age group have diabetes


  • 12.0 million, or 11.2% of all men aged 20 years or older have diabetes


  • 11.5 million, or 10.2% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes

These figures are astonishing! I blame the major part of it on us becoming a "fast food nation".

Do yourself a favor, eat healthy. Take it from a man who married a healthy woman and has watched the disease of diabetes take over control of her life.

The following links can help you gain a healthy diet and be diabetes free!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2010 Greg Boudonck


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    • MeGunner profile image


      8 years ago from Lagos

      I commend your bravery in recounting a health problem in a very informative and helpful way. All the best in your fight with DM and please take care of yourself(Now you must).

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      8 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you, coming from a retired nurse, it is quite the compliment.

      Fiddleman--keep on the straight and narrow with your eating habits--it will help

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Froggy 213,

      I like the way you wove the personal experiences of yourself and wife into this article. I also liked the videos.

      To Fiddleman,

      Glad the medication and walking have brought your sugar levels down.

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      8 years ago

      After my last physical and my doctor found my sugar levels to be high. He ask me to monitor my glucose readings but I didn't have a meter and was too stingy to buy one but my wife found she was diabetic and began testing her glucose levels. Being a little on the high side one week, I also checked mine and they were higher than hers. I just happened to come down with the shingles and went to see my doctor for them and I told him about my high readings. He told me , well we are going to do something about that today and he wrote me two Rx's. since I have been taking my meds, my readings are in the normal range and right on if I walk 30 minutes.


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