I wasn’t offended by your words, because for the most part they are accurate. The fact is that the majority of diabetics really are fat, don’t exercise, and eat a lot of carbs. But it’s not invariably the case.
A very dear man who was a former manager at my workplace got in the shower one morning and saw blood running down the drain. It was coming from his foot. He thought he had accidentally stepped on something and cut himself, though he couldn’t feel a cut. He lifted the foot and found that the bottom was completely gone—it fell off. There was no pain because diabetes had destroyed the nerves in the bottom of his foot. He had no idea that he had diabetes because he was slender, walked a lot, and ate a healthy diet. His foot was amputated.
Another man I know has had something similar happen. Again, he is slender, fifty, and fit. He has spent months in the hospital struggling with this but fortunately hasn’t lost his feet yet.
It’s disturbing. What’s causing this? One feels so helpless. What on earth else can I do? I swear I don’t have one unhealthy lifestyle trait.
Not all type 2 diabetics are fat. As people age, their bodies stop working properly, and everyone’s blood pressure, blood glucose, etc. get out of whack. Aging is a definite risk factor in type 2 diabetes, but you don’t see people telling folks to stay young.
Type 2 diabetes has a very strong genetic component. Researchers are finding several genes that are linked to the disease. Diabetes also involves more than just weight. The brain, bones, liver, and even “active” fat cells play a part in the disease.
Finally, it could be that diabetes is what makes some people fat, not the other way around. To make judgments about people with a disease based on popular conceptions and prejudices is no differnt from people in ancient times who thought epileptics were possessed by demons. But for the grace of God, go you.
I’m sorry for your plight, ottbmare. I’m sure it is frustrating. I don’t think there are really effective treatments for diabetes, and that is why it has become so prevalent. For that matter, many diseases seem to appear almost as epidemics, even though there is no obvious infectious agent. Don’t know why this is. The only suggestion I can give you is to limit your carbs, and keep up with the exercise. Diabetes affects everyone differently. I will pray for you. Take care.
For the record, I am NOT advising anyone to discontinue their medications. I’m certainly not a doctor. I’m just someone with a strong family history of diabetes who wants to avoid what happened to my father. I want people to do some research, think for themselves, and find out what works best for them.
“bottom of his foot fell off”
That is one of the creepiest sentences I have ever read !!!!
I beleive the use of high fructose corn syrup is causing a lot of the new cases.