It’s unfortunate many adults believe Type 2 diabetes is a disease that develops by coincidence. Some diabetics blame their genes and family history. Others blame their luck. Rarely do you find people who are humble enough to point at themselves and admit their actions and behaviors were the cause? It takes a special person to realize they are the one entirely at fault – this could not be any truer when this form of diabetes is involved. Type 2 diabetes never afflicts someone by coincidence. There is always one major underlying factor or a multitude of components that influenced the development of the disease in the first place. Even though some people have a higher risk of developing the condition by their ethnicity or family history, Type 2 diabetes remains a preventable disease.
Which means the factors leading to full-blown Type 2 diabetes are controllable: some people seem to think diabetes is unpredictable by nature. And that’s not only in regards to its inception. The general belief is also Type 2 diabetes can get worse at any time, and some of its harshest complications such as heart disease and stroke can happen at a moment’s notice.
While heart attack and stroke may be the leading causes of death affecting Type 2 diabetics, they are far from being unpredictable. The fact of the matter is the longer you go without lowering and stabilizing your blood sugar levels; the more susceptible you become to these fatal events. And that’s because chronically elevated blood sugar levels continue to do internal harm while debilitating the proper functioning of your vital systems.
For this reason, this disease is far from unpredictable. It’s so predictable you can often see many of the complications beginning to unfold. For instance, tingling sensations in your arms and legs may seem innocuous at first; but if your high blood sugar levels remain untreated, these effects will likely exacerbate as full-on neuropathy takes shape. Eventually, numbness and perhaps even loss of sensation may occur. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of these conditions early, so you become aware of the importance of treating these complications. Blurred vision, for instance, may eventually lead to blindness, so never underestimate the dangers of diabetic retinopathy.
Make no mistake: Type 2 diabetes is predictable. It will worsen in the absence of intervention. You must do whatever you can now to prevent worst-case scenarios because they don’t occur by coincidence.
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.