Type 2 Diabetes – The Modern Epidemic

Most people are no stranger to the disease known as Type 2 diabetes. It is no secret this disease is quickly becoming the biggest epidemic of our time. The number of individuals diagnosed with this form of diabetes worldwide is likely to double over the next twenty years.

There are several types of diabetes, but Type 2 diabetes is the most common form and makes up about 95 percent of all cases. It is most often seen…

  • in people over 30,
  • in overweight people, and
  • in people who have a history of diabetes in their family.

Like so many diseases, this form of diabetes is caused by our genes and our personal environment which is created by our lifestyle.

Type 1 diabetes occurs more frequently in children and adolescents when the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have been destroyed or are unable to produce any insulin. Usually, this is the result of autoimmune destruction of the pancreas.

Let’s focus on more details…

When blood sugar levels become too high, an individual may be diagnosed with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. You must have symptoms such as…

  • frequent urination,
  • unusual thirst, and
  • your fasting blood sugar reading must measure 125 mg/dL (7.00 mmol/L) or higher.

The obesity epidemic is one of the reasons Type 2 diabetes has doubled in the last ten years.

Blood sugar levels, when not controlled and stabilized, lead to several health complications. While a diabetic is not guaranteed to face the worst, allowing high blood sugar levels to remain is not a risk worth taking…

  • kidney complications,
  • nerve damage,
  • vision problems, and
  • the deterioration of cardiovascular well-being

are some of the possible concerns.

There is no disease more underestimated than Type 2 diabetes. Fatal strokes and heart attacks are the primary causes of death resulting from neglected or undiagnosed diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is preventable when you are predisposed to the disease due to your ethnicity: different ethnicities are vulnerable to the disease. The trigger is additional weight around the abdominal area. Or it can be stopped in its tracks: blood sugar can always be lowered to a healthy range. Usually, following a healthy diet and taking part in a physically active lifestyle will do the trick. You can treat your disease, and many people can do it naturally. And in all cases, you can lower your blood sugar with diet and medications, so your disease becomes more manageable.

At this time there is not definite proof Type 2 diabetes can be entirely prevented. However, it can be safely concluded the current evidence very strongly favours that lifestyle changes are the main means to tackle this epidemic. We cannot yet modify our genes, but we can adjust our way of life.

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.