I got the diagnosis, type 2 diabetes, and I’m not happy about it. Okay, okay, type 2 diabetes is so common these days… it was bound to happen to one of us in my group. Maybe more than one. But why did it have to be me?
Anyway, you are gonna see more of these posts about the type 2 thing. There will be some information posts, some news on diabetes research, home remedy and alternate care ideas, and an occasional rant. I’d like to rant right now, but I don’t have the energy. Who knows, it might be my blood sugar… that’s not even funny, is it? Oh well, the way I feel about that today is, “tough shiP.”
If you have not been diagnosed and you start to notice any of these symptoms become a consistent part of your life….
- Tingling or stinging in your feet
- Urinating often
- Slow healing cuts, bruises, and other wounds
- Losing weight without trying
- Blurry eyesight
In my case, the symptoms started with the feet. I’d heard this could be a symptom of type 2. It came and went, but the stinging was present on a fairly consistent basis. I told my physician’s assistant, and he ordered a blood test. When the lab results came back, the number reported for the “A1C” was far north of the acceptable boundary.
What is diabetes? The word comes from Greek words that mean to pass through or siphon. When you have diabetes your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. In cases of diabetes mellitus the urine and blood are sweet because the body is unable to absorb and use sugar properly. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. Over time, high blood glucose can lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth.
Your risk for type 2 diabetes is greater if you are elderly, fat, have a family history of diabetes, or do not exercise. Having pre-diabetes also increases your risk for the real. Pre-diabetes is the terms for cases in which blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. I suppose this means diabetes is a chronic illness, and, because it gets worse over time, should also be called progressive. Isn’t that special?