Type 2 Diabetes the Hidden Threats

What is Type to Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition. typically, it will present with higher blood glucose levels. High blood glucose correlates with insulin resistance. Across the globe type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically and in Australia this year 2023 Snapshot – Diabetes in Australia (diabetesaustralia.com.au) You can read the figures here.

Complications

Type 2 diabetes typically begins to develop up to 10 years before the symptoms might appear. In your 20’s and 30’s you might feel like you can eat just what you like. Typically, blood pressure will begin to increase, your waist may begin to disappear, and your pants will feel tighter year by year. As a society we put these things down to ageing.

Lifestyle affects.

Your skin may begin to become acne prone. Your fertility may suffer and your ability to become a parent might be impaired. You may feel tired. Less able to move around as your body becomes larger. Muscle soreness after exercise may increase. More importantly pathologically your triglycerides may begin to rise.

Liver

As your body tires to cope with the excess sugar in your blood stream, your liver will be under stress. You will develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic Non-Alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming more prevalent in western society as the obesity rate rises.

Kidney disease

As type 2 diabetes develops your kidneys will begin to suffer. Persistent high blood pressure will affect your kidneys and their function.

Nerve Damage (neuropathy)

You may begin to notice that you can’t feel your feet or your toes anymore. You might have ulcers and sores develop on your feet that you can’t heal. This will impact your quality of life as you will become more sedentary.

Dementia

As your body becomes more insulin resistant then your brain will be affected by a high sugar diet or type 2 diabetes. Your brain essentially is swimming in glucose, but it can’t access the food, literally starving your brain. Impact of diabetes on cognitive function and brain structure – PMC (nih.gov)

The good news

Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. Our western culture has been taught to consume sugar in excessive amounts. If you think of all the food that we eat, especially at celebrations then it’s not surprising to understand how type 2 diabetes develops. It is benign. It is happening while we aren’t watching. Secretively destroying your body form the inside out. Choosing a healthier diet will increase your chances of preventing or reversing your type 2 diabetes diagnosis 10-fold. The literature now teaches us that we need to improve our diet, improve our ability to move each day and be aware that type 2 diabetes is NOT a progressive chronic disease, as we have been told, but is indeed something that we can reverse and improve.

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