Diabetes mellitus is a silent thief and does not come across mildly. It’s a disease wherein the pancreas is not able to produce the required amount of insulin or does not produce it at all. If it is left untreated then it may lead to a lot of unnecessary heart ache, I say heart ache because of all the folks involved and associated with the diabetic in particular. Neglect always pays a heavy price and that’s a point to be remembered. It will lead to blindness or blurry images, strokes, kidney failure, amputations and heart disease.
Insufficient insulin or none at all wreaks havoc in the human body and the blood sugar levels are at a crazy high. This is a progressive disease but if detected in its early stages then it surely can be controlled and stopped from having a free hand. Diabetics have been known to lead long and healthy lives not because of anything or anyone else but themselves. Discipline is required to follow instructions, diets, exercise routines and timely medications and this brings the results.
Allow me to walk you along the road of first symptoms that lead to this killer disease, diabetes. In the initial stages the symptoms are few and very often an individual would not even have the faintest ideas that he or she is being attacked. And then the damage is silently done till it can hide itself no more. Here are a few causes of falling into the hands of diabetes, if you are older that 45 years of age, your parent, brother or sister has diabetes, you don’t exercise regularly, you are overweight, if you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby more than 9 pounds.
Having looked at the causes lets take a look at the first signs and these are frequent urination, extreme hunger, wounds that heal slowly, extreme thirst, unexplained weight loss, unusual tiredness or drowsiness, tingling, numbness or burning in the hands or feet, blurry vision that changes from day to day, dry itchy skin, frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections. Foot pain or peripheral neuropathy is not only painful and dangerous but it leads to foot ulcers. If these signs go unattended then complications will set in.
Diabetes is not only restricted to the human species but to animals as well, maybe even the pet dog or pet cat you may have at home. In other words the canines and felines are susceptible to this disease as well. Children show the same symptoms as the adults so the symptoms are common in other words. Diabetes affects the day to day life of an individual in a big way. Diabetes appears insurmountable but in reality it can be kept in check with timely treatment, diet adherence, and exercise routines.
Before I let you go I would like to challenge you to a healthy life even though you test positive. Even when everything seems to fall apart and your world comes crashing down, stand firm and say to yourself “I will make it through”. Keep the flames burning on the inside with your positive outlook. And through it all wear that winning smile and yes my heart goes out to you.
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No More Talk of Darkness
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My sister, Luz Ronquillo- Gaviola passed away this morning after years of battling with diabetes. The fellow in silhouette is Charles, her son who primarily took care of her . it has been difficult for me and my family since we are still mourning for the loss of my brother-in-law two weeks ago.
To God be the Glory!