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THE 6 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DIABETES

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Here’s a shout-out to all the diabetics out there! Yep, all 30 million of you! Seems like a marathon everyone wants to be a part of. Like if you don’t have diabetes you’re missing out on a freebie. It’s anything but free!

Fun fact: According to the American Diabetes Association, costs associated with diagnosed diabetes has gone up by 26% in the past 5 years! That boils down to a yearly average of approximately $15,000 per person!

It’s truly mind boggling how prevalent and well-known this condition is (probably one of the most talked about too), but people still don’t get it!  

Here are some quick answers to the most common questions asked by diabetics. An attempt to help you grasp the concept of what it really is and how it’s a not-so-cool club to be a part of!

  1. My mom and dad have diabetes, will I get it too?

This is one of those instances where you’re better off NOT following in their footsteps. A positive family history of diabetes may increase your chances of getting it, but it’s not an absolute given. If you’re careful with your diet and lead a fairly active lifestyle then you’re probably in a pretty good place. Get regular check-ups from your doctor just to make sure you’re in a safe zone.

  1. I’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, what should I do?

What everyone else is doing- just accept that you’re doomed. Ok, that wasn’t funny. A new diagnosis often means there’s still a chance you can back-pedal your way to shore. Throw out all junk from your pantry and stock it with healthier options like oats, granola, nuts and whole grain cereals. Make your fridge a green-friendly zone instead of a red-zone. (Hint: red meat).

Start moving your butt at least 5 times a week. Exercise will help your mind stay focused and make your body leaner and meaner reducing the risk of developing diabetes.

Finally, take your meds as prescribed. Who knows, you might be off them at your next follow-up!

  1. How would I know if I have diabetes?

If you’re drinking more, eating more and peeing more get yourself evaluated. Increased thirst and appetite are common symptoms of early onset diabetes. Frequent visits to the restroom, especially during the night is a warning sign. Visit your doctor and get your blood sugar levels checked asap.

  1. What’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes often begins during childhood and usually cannot be managed without insulin shots because the body doesn’t produce any insulin of its own. Type 2 diabetes has an adult onset which can be managed naturally and with meds. Poorly controlled cases may require insulin. Type 2 occurs more from our own unhealthy practices rather than our bodies going haywire.

  1. Can I still eat sugar?

Okay, so this is a huge myth! It’s not like you eat a heap full of sugar and you get diabetes. No, but consumption of refined sugar and sugar-based products indirectly contributes to unhealthy weight gain and obesity which is directly linked to diabetes. It’s like chess, a couple wrong moves and checkmate!

  1. My doctor said I should take special care of my feet now that I’m diabetic. What does that mean?

Now you have an excuse for regular pedicures! Diabetes isn’t a spa coupon guys! What this really means is that you should keep an eye out for any scratches, cuts or wounds you may get on your feet. Diabetics have delayed wound healing and sometimes they develop a decreased sense of touch on their hands and feet due to nerve damage. With one sense down, you’ve got to use your other four more vigilantly.

If your foot wound does not heal and begins to change color from normal to say green or black, you’re not turning into Hulk, your foot has developed a gangrene (dead tissue). Go to a doctor immediately!

These were some basic questions that people ask about diabetes all the time. Sometimes the information on the web is too complicated and tough to comprehend. Hope this helps in some way and inspires you to live a healthier lifestyle and conquer diabetes once and for all! Excess of anything does more harm than good.

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