Did you know at this very moment you could have diabetes?
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, out of the 29 million Americans with diabetes, 1 in 4 don't know they have the disease. But as thousands of new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year, the prognosis is grim. A newly diagnosed diabetic faces a future of pills, vague fitness and nutrition plans and no real answers for effective treatment.
What if the medical community could eliminate diabetes from our families? What if there was a way to prevent diabetes? Better yet, what if there was a way to reverse it?
There is a way.
But it requires a greater understanding of the effects of diabetes on the body, the limitations of today's healthcare and the empowering effects of looking at this disease differently.
The effects of diabetes on the body
What is happening in your body? Quite a bit. In a healthy body, energy is created when the hormone insulin pulls glucose cells out of the blood and passes through a receptor site to produce Adenosine Triphospate or ATP.
But in a diabetic's body, the receptor site doesn't open for this molecule, so insulin and blood sugar have no choice but to convert to cholesterol, attach to your blood vessel walls and wreak havoc on your system with painful inflammation.
Today's pharmaceutical companies have created drugs for every health condition. Often a diabetic is prescribed a cocktail of blood sugar, cholesterol and high blood pressure medications and told to eat right and exercise, yet this generalized treatment plan doesn't effectively reduce the symptoms of this disease.
The limitations of today's healthcare system
At times it seems there is a disconnect between treating and curing disease. One pathway doesn't typically lead to the other. It's frustrating.
According to the World Health Organization, the US ranks 37 in overall health systems, barely edging out Slovenia and Cuba. Americans take 50% of the world's medications yet make up a mere 5% of the world's population. Our nation's dependency on pharmaceuticals contributes to a healthcare system that focuses on symptoms rather than prevention. That can be frustrating for a patient struggling for answers.
The empowering effects of looking at diabetes differently
"Get busy living, or get busy dying." —Andy Dufrensne, character from the movie "The Shawshank Redemption"
You have the power to reverse this disease, and there are tools to help you. This isn't about turning your back on modern medicine. I recognize the use of drugs as an essential part of treatment for a number of illnesses, but I don't view medications as a permanent solution.
A better approach would be for patients to free themselves from the confines of large quantities of medications and explore long-term solutions through customized treatment plans that profoundly improve quality of life.
If you hope to control diabetes, you must gain a greater understanding of this disease, understand the limitations of the present healthcare system and embrace a new knowledge of what can treat and ultimately reduce the negative effects of this disease. In this way, you are gonna "get busy living" every day.