Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that occurs when your blood glucose or blood sugar is too high. Blood glucose or blood sugar is the main sugar found in your blood. It is your main source of energy that comes from the foods and drinks consumed.
Diabetes affects millions of people throughout the world. It is a complex disorder that affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and, if left untreated, can result in a number of health issues. Is diabetes fatal? Let’s look at the reality of diabetes, its potential risks, and the steps that can be taken to reduce its impact.
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To understand the complications of diabetes, it is important to first understand its types and how they affect the body. Diabetes is classified into two main types: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 Diabetes: This is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Insulin is essential for blood sugar regulation. Without insulin, blood sugar levels rise uncontrollably, resulting in a variety of complications. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in childhood and requires lifelong insulin therapy.
Type 2 Diabetes: This type is distinguished by insulin resistance, which occurs when the body’s cells do not respond effectively to insulin. Initially, the pancreas adapts by making extra insulin, but this may not be enough in the long run. Obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutritional habits are frequently associated with type 2 diabetes.
The Reality of Fatality
While both types of diabetes can cause serious health concerns such as kidney problems, nerve damage, and cardiovascular complications, the question remains: Will diabetes kill you?
The quick answer is that diabetes may not be a direct cause of death. The problems brought on by uncontrolled diabetes can pose a life-threatening risk. Potential issues include the following:
- Cardiovascular Issues: Diabetes considerably raises the risk of peripheral artery disease, heart disease, and stroke. Adults with diabetes have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than people without diabetes.
- Kidney Disease: Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure. Diabetic kidney disease accounts for 27.5% of new patients needing dialysis or a transplant.
- Neuropathy: Diabetes-related nerve damage can cause a loss of sensation in the extremities. This can lead to undiscovered injuries or infections, which can lead to amputations if left untreated.
- Vision Impairment: Diabetes may damage the blood vessels in the eyes, potentially leading to diabetic retinopathy or even blindness if not properly managed.
- Infections and Slow Healing: High blood sugar levels might compromise the immune system and slow down the body’s ability to heal. Simple infections can become severe if not treated properly.
Prevention and Maintenance
The good news is that with effective diabetes management, the majority of these problems can be averted or delayed. Here are some important steps to consider:
Healthy Meal Intake: Blood sugar levels can be managed by eating a balanced diet that is high in whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Refined carbs and excessive sugar must be avoided.
Learn more about the best foods for diabetes control and which vegetables are beneficial for diabetes by watching our videos below:
- Physical Activity: Regular physical activity helps with weight management and enhances insulin sensitivity. Aim for at least 30 minutes per day of moderate exercise.
- Weight Management: Losing excess weight can help people with Type 2 diabetes considerably improve their blood sugar control and lower their risk of complications.
- Herbal and Natural Remedies: Learn what herbs are very beneficial in controlling diabetes in our video below:
- Iridology: You can monitor your diabetes and catch any potential issues early by booking an Iridology consultation with us. Read our blog article How To Treat Diabetes Using Iridology to learn how Iridology effectively monitors diabetes.
Furthermore, we encourage you to watch our webinar where we spoke on the topic “Practical Ways To Treat And Prevent Diabetes Naturally”.
In conclusion, diabetes may not be a death sentence in and of itself. Uncontrolled diabetes, however, can have major complications that can often be life-threatening. Effective diabetes management is the key to living a healthy life with diabetes. People with diabetes can considerably lower their risk of problems and maintain a high quality of life by adhering to a diet beneficial to diabetes and changing their lifestyle as needed.
Finally, while diabetes can cause serious health problems, knowledge, and proactive management can empower you to live a fulfilling life while keeping the risks under control.
Do order and read The Diabetes Solution, our most recent book, where we provide diabetic-friendly recipes, and discuss the value of a healthy lifestyle and mindset, among other helpful topics. Soon after this book was launched, we were invited to be interviewed on live TV on The Islam Channel. Enjoy the recording of our live interview by watching the video below:
The Diabetes Solution Book: TV Interview
Download our FREE Diabetes guide, Best Ways to Treat Diabetes Guide, where we discuss the vital organs and areas of your body—aside from the pancreas—that you must take care of if you want to treat or prevent diabetes.
Do also check out our 2 courses on preventing and managing Diabetes, the links are available when you request for our free Best Ways to Treat Diabetes Guide.
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