Awareness: I'll Wait 'til it Hurts
= December 27, 2004, 1:35 pm
Author = David Anderson
Industry = Healthcare
Summary = By the time many type 2 diabetics (and often their doctors)
realize action is necessary, the disease, with its destructive high
blood sugars, has been silently damaging their body for years.
Body = "If it ain't broke, most people don't fix it."
Do you know
if you have diabetes?
Did you know
type 2 diabetes symptoms only become
“obvious” once the disease has substantially progressed?
By the time
many type 2 diabetics (and often their doctors) realize action is
necessary, the disease, with its destructive high blood sugars,
has been silently damaging their body for years.
to the blood vessels and tissues of your eyes, feet, heart, kidneys,
and other organs, are likely well underway.
You visit the
doctor because you feel bad, and you wish to feel better. You react
to the symptoms of perceived illness. This is understandable, but
does not allow much
room for prevention or early detection of diabetes.
Of course this
idea, “Don't see the doctor 'til it hurts,” comes from
our “busier-then-ever” lifestyles. But to blame, to
point fingers after the damage has started is as pointless as is
the leaping bungee-jumper's complaint that his equipment has just
failed. It's a little late to talk about why. Some problems are
If you have
type 2 diabetes, you know most of the time you don't feel very bad.
You might think that because you don't feel very bad, it isn't very
serious, and you don't have to do anything about it just now. "I'll
wait 'til it hurts" ...You couldn't be more wrong.
your body with high blood sugars. It doesn't care whether your sugars
are high from type 2, type 1, or some other cause — if they're
doing damage. Type 2 diabetics who let their sugars run “because
they don't feel bad” are doing serious damage to their eyes,
kidneys, hearts, and nervous systems.
have diabetes, and don't want the complications. Suppose you don't
know you have diabetes, but you're from a high-risk group (maybe
someone in your family has or had diabetes), and you want to cut
the risks. Or, suppose you just want to feel better.
It's all the
same — Your early detection, education, and prevention work
Don't wait 'til
it hurts. Ask your doctor about diabetes and have your blood sugar
checked several times a year.
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= David Anderson
306 High St.
Towanda, KS. 67144
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