I'm shocked at how many people I know with Diabetes

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-11-2012
I'm shocked at how many people I know with Diabetes
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Thu, 06-19-2014 - 12:42pm

and no one seems to be all that alarmed about it-at least not outwardly. I feel like people are just waiting for their diagnosis because they seem to think it's inevitable. Am I just terrified of this condition for no reason? Why don't people seem more concerned?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2013

You ask a really good question! New statistics about diabetes were just released this month, and you can read more at http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/  More people are diagnosed with diabetes as compared to the past, and diabetes continues to play a role in cardiovascular disease, blindness and eye problems, and kidney disease. With early diagnosis and treatment, the complications from diabetes can be decreased. There's currently a big national push to identify people with pre-diabetes and encourage them to make changes in their eating habits and exercise so that they can delay or even prevent diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998

As Lynn said to you, the new statistics just came out and they are terrifying, if you care about people and the health care system. 29 million diagnosed with diabetes and 86 million not knowing that they are at risk or have it. Awful. But as someone who has had diabetes for almost 25 years I know that you can live a full and interesting life with this disease, especially if you take the disease by the horns and learn to manage it. Many people think if they don't think about it and do anything it will be okay. But nothing could further from the truth.

So what should you do to prevent you from becoming diabetic? Eat as well as possible (emphasing fruits and veggies and keeping starches and meat under control), keep your weight as close to normal as you can, and exercise as much as you are able. If you have a family history of diabetes you need to be checked to make sure that you haven't joined us. In the case of women, the closer you get to menopause the higher risk that you will become diabetic. So you need to be especially vigilant. And ask your doctor specifically what your blood sugar and blood pressure readings are. You can learn what they mean. And don't accept okay as an answer. I could go on but I will stop now. Please get back to us and we can continue this discussion.