Because April was Defeat Diabetes Month, my focus was on diabetes. I must say, that even though my husband has Type 2 diabetes, I have learned a lot about this deadly disease in my research. There are volumes of information about diabetes to be found on the Internet. A few of the topics covered are: signs and symptoms of diabetes, how to control your diabetes with diet and the risk factors and the effects of uncontrolled diabetes.
Vomiting, nausea, tiredness and weight gain are symptoms of high blood sugar. Should you have any of these symptoms of diabetes, consult your primary care doctor. Also, there is a free screen test you can order online.
Ways to control your diabetes includes: following your doctor’s instructions, take your medications as directed, and eat a balanced diet with limited carbohydrates. For that sweet tooth we all have, use artificial sweetener in place of sugar. Many recipes can be adjusted to be more diabetic friendly.
The effects of uncontrolled diabetes are: kidney disease or kidney failure, blindness or impaired vision, and heart disease. Because we did not have any medical insurance, visits to the doctor were on an emergency basis only. As a result, my husband went years without taking proper medication or watching his diet. When he did finally star going for check-ups, the doctor prescribed medications which did not control his blood sugar very well. The doctor also did not tell my husband of his creatin level (kidney disease), anemia, or heart disease. Only when he switched doctors was he told this information.
The previous doctor was making medical decisions based on our lack of medical insurance. My husband could have died from kidney disease! He was going for one surgery and had to have an EKG done. That was abnormal. He went to a cardiologist who performed a heart catherization. There were 4 blockages found in my husband’s heart! So on April 10th of this year he had a quadruple by-pass done. The cardiologist said that my husband was at a high risk of a massive heart attack. All of this because of: 1. He did not control his diabetes when he first found out about it and 2. Because his previous doctor did not think we could afford better medication or a specialist, and 3. The results of having diabetes. This is why I put emphasis on having regular check-ups and monitoring your blood sugar. Most of these problems were found in blood tests.
If you have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, there is a support group most likely located near you in Georgia. Ask questions and do what your doctor says. Your life could depend on it.
Website to visit are:
www.diabetes.org www.webmd.com/diabaetes www.defeatdiabetes.org