Diabetes... Are you at risk??

@redkathy (3375)
United States
September 9, 2008 6:23pm CST
I was reading an article about type two diabetes. My mother in law is recovering at our house after a stay in the hospital. She fell and broke her hip. She has diabetes so I was reading up on it at Health and Wellness Remedy Life. This is what they say about Who's at Risk: Who’s at risk? Type 2 diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. In general, people who are over 45, overweight, and have a family history of diabetes are at greatest risk. African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are especially prone to the disease. The most serious warning signs are prediabetes (in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes) and a cluster of risk factors collectively known as metabolic syndrome. The CDC estimates that 57 million Americans have prediabetes; many go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Untold millions more have metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of risk factors—including obesity (especially belly fat), low HDL (good) cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure—that puts them at risk of both diabetes and heart disease. Here is the article in it's entirety http://www.remedylife.com/general/articles/content?cid=1655&ctid=2 Are you at risk? Do you have diabetes in your family?
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@know21 (1251)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I have a niece who has type one diabetes; Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. She just turned 16 and my sister is having a hard to get her to test. To make sure her sugar level isn't to high. She can always tell when she is high; because she gets real moody.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Kids really think they are superhuman. I had some friends with juvenile diabetes when I was young. Unfortunately one of them did not take it seriously, as teens often don't. He would eat and drink whatever. After a stop at McDonalds for a big mac and sweet tea one night, he went blind while driving home and wound up in Vila Nova Hospital on dialysis. He had been doing those types of things for quite some time. He didn't make it. Friends often wondered if he did whatever because he was always so sick. His disease was very bad from the time he was a toddler. It is always very sad when children have to deal with these things. I wish your sister luck and blessings for your niece.
@know21 (1251)
• United States
10 Sep 08
And it doesn't matter what you eat. Its keeping control of blood sugar level. If your going to eat at places like Mcdonalds; then you have to test to make sure its not to high.
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Sep 08
You are correct. The sweet tea there is loaded and his sugar must have already been high. I'm not sure what other things he may have had but that tea is what put him over the edge.
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
10 Sep 08
In my family, we have a history wherein the disease is in our genes. So I am at a very high risk of diabaties. It is in my blood and I see my father suffering day in and dat out because of this problem. He has to continuously take injections every day and that is very painful process. I just pray to god that no one should suffer from such a disease.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I have it on both sides of my family and on my husbands side too. I don't have it yet but expect to. I have always been the opposite, hypoglycemic, and I was told that it would someday become diabetes. So far so good. Thanks for the reply.
• United States
10 Sep 08
Now days it seems that nearly everybody is at risk for diabetes, between the way that they eat or some genetic predisposition. I have a good friend who is overweight and has suffered from diabetes since he was 13 (he's now 35) and I remember when he scraped the top of his foot on some tread he ended up in the hospital for 3 days and they were concerned they may have ended up having to amputate. Diabetes is a scary thing if you are unable or unwilling to lead a proper lifestyle as well as time consuming with everything you have to learn and change once you receive such a diagnosis. So far I have been lucky enough to not suffer from it nor has any of my children or immediate family, hopefully, it stays that way.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
11 Sep 08
My mother in law is here with us now. She took a fall and broke her hip. Her diabetes is now out of control. It is a scary thing. Medical pros tell us it will take some time to get regulated again. She hates vegetables and didn't eat them in the hospital or at home. I have managed to get her to eat some. I am hoping that my continual encouragement will help her to change some of her bad eating habits so that she will become healthier than she was. You see the fall was an accident but she is very much overweight from not eating right and no exercise.
@insulin (2480)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Well my fiancee's sister got diabetic at the age of 15 and yeah she can't eat sweets and it's really sad.She is injecting insulin 30 minutes before she eat her meal and yeah we just thank that the government in germany is supporting her for the medicine..Being diabetic is really a serious illness so you really need to focus on how to cure it but I heard that diabetes is a family relative called Auto Immune disease and yeah I got it but it's different but its not curable and it unknown cause so I am suffering to it because it weaks your immune system and I can't easily expose to chemicals or some soup or dust because my sking get easily irritated and yeah the doctor said that you will be healthy outside physically but you will be weak inside or something like that because it just like a self destruction eating your own system and it is a family of diabetes so I am not sure if they still called it diabetes but just like another type and yeah it's in our blood.huhuhuh
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@efc872 (1078)
• Jamaica
10 Sep 08
There is a new treatment for diabetes named the duendum bypass, I understand it eliminates the illness.
@subeesh (112)
• India
10 Sep 08
At present i have no diabetes.I must say i am not old enough to get it. But my uncle is suffering from diabetes.I see him always thirst of water and greedy of food.Though sweets are banned for him, he still continues to eat sweet with no control.What should i do with him?
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Sep 08
His life will be shortened if he doesn't get this under control. I would read up on the type he has and then try to lovingly convince him to eat right and exercise.
@Jenaisle (3803)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Very informative post, Thanks for the information. Luckily, I don't have diabetes. Diabetes has many complications and all organs are affected. When you have it the family it is usually passed on, so if your family is diabetes prone, make sure you have a regular blood sugar test. Yes, health and wellness is a good source of information. All the best.
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Sep 08
There is diabetes on both sides of my family but not onset until over 50 so it's an age thing for us I guess. I had gestational diabetes with both boys and now a bit of hypoglycemia, the opposite of diabetes with the same symptoms more or less. Health and wellness info from healtier.com is really good. I get the newsletter and some alerts. Their articles are short and to the point, just the way I like it.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
10 Sep 08
no, thank heavens that's one thing i don't have. there is no history of it in my family that i know about. sure do have akot of friends w/it. it's not a good thing to have.
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Well antiquelady at least that's one you don't have to worry about. There are so many diseases and conditions that come to us with age it's always nice to cross one off the list! Have a great day.
@ehlsie (730)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I think I'm at risk on having diabetes. Even though i'm not that have a sweet tooth but genetically our family has diabetes.My grandfather on my mother side not because of diabetes but the complications of that. Most of our family member is diabetic. That's why, they discouraged us to eat too sweet foods to prevent having diabetes. happy mylotters!
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Hey just pay attention to how you feel. Get checked out and do the sweets in moderation. You only live once and we can't alter genetics. Have a good night.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I am definitely at risk and have one foot in that direction already. I've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or I guess what is known as 'insulin resistent'. My Mom developed type II later in life (she's 82 and won't be with us much longer), one sister was diagnosed a few years ago in her late 50s, one brother diagnosed last year in his late 50s. I'm 51 and overweight with extremely high cholesterol, and my A1Cs aren't good, although my regular number for sugars isn't bad when they do just that in the office. I'm almost there and I know there are things I should be doing to put it off as long as I can, but I'm not being very good about it. My life is otherwise in turmoil, so I just don't pay attention to diet.
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I can relate to what your saying. It seems that when we get to "that stage of life" where illness, deaths, family issues seem to occur regularly leaving us in constant emotion turmoil. And of course life doesn't stop when we have these issues so there's bills work kids and on and on, adding to the turmoil pile. That's how it is for me anyway. I don't stop to focus on what I need to be doing for me until it's gone way too far. So I think what the heck, I do what I can and try to keep on smiling, take them as they come you know.
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@rsa101 (22938)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
Yeah I am diabetic, well for now I am able to control it and my sugar levels are okay so far. But, my doctor said that it may dormant for now but eventually it will catch up with my age. So I need to still be careful despite my being normal in blood sugar levels for the past two years.
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I'm happy to hear you are able to control it. I have had many friends with this disease, even a few with juvenile diabetes. What a bad thing that is. Best wishes to you.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
10 Sep 08
We don't have this in our family but we have several that are at risk. However they know this and yet can't seem to make the corrections that are necessary. It just shows that you can tell people but you can't make them do the correct thing.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
11 Sep 08
This is true. I am dealing with that now.