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Type 2 Diabetes

Will a Diabetes Diagnosis Reduce Your Life Span?

No-one wants to think about rising blood sugar levels and weight gain, especially when you are relatively young. It’s rare to find young adults in their 20’s or 30’s who are mindful of their blood sugar unless they have had a condition such as Type 1 diabetes since their younger years.

DiabetesBut these days it is less common to see people with Type 1 diabetes especially when you compare the numbers to Type 2 diabetes. Both are a severe condition, but Type 2 is more common in our society.

While Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, Type 2 which has usually been seen in adults, is now found increasingly in the young population. The genesis of this form of diabetes is insulin resistance.

On a positive note, diabetes management has never been better. Thankfully, the majority of diabetics can be looked after and live well despite their condition: This goes for both types of diabetics. But we must focus on those with Type 2 diabetes because it is by far the most troublesome disease. Its prevalence is catastrophically high around the world, and its incidence continues to rise.

The growth in numbers can be attributed to the poor lifestyle led by so many. A poor lifestyle helps to facilitate the development of insulin resistance. When you are eating unhealthy and fattening foods, become overweight, and are physically inactive.

DiabetesIt is a fact your blood sugar levels are not going to end up being in a healthy range. Combine an unhealthy weight with elevated blood sugar, and you have the recipe for Type 2 diabetes.

Even though many people live well despite their condition, the fact it affects your life expectancy should not be overlooked. A shortened life span is one of the consequences posed by Type 2 diabetes: consistently high and unstable blood sugar causes internal damage to the point your health begins to deteriorate.

Slowly but steadily your well-being is impaired. While your body can cope with a lot of the harm it suffers, there is a limit to how much it can tolerate over the years…

The cardiovascular disease could begin to unfold, nerve damage accumulates, and high blood pressure starts to take its toll.

Sooner or later, you could suffer a lethal complication, and pass away sooner than you would have otherwise.

It is our hope people with Type 2 diabetes can live healthier lives similar to nondiabetics. But this is wishful thinking at best. It is known diabetes reduces the average adult’s lifespan by 8 to 10 years.

While it is no guarantee Type 2 diabetes would cause an early death if high blood sugar levels remain untreated, we think you would agree the risk is not worth taking.

Type 2 diabetes is a treatable disease. The disease can be reversed to the stage no medications are required and is controlled by a healthy eating plan and exercise.

It might not be easy, but many adults have done it. You could do it too! But as always, it is up to you to decide: nobody is going to do the work for you.

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