To Put It Another Way…

As you know, there are 25.8 million people who have Diabetes in the United States today.  Today.  To keep it simple, figure about 17.8 million folks who are diagnosed with Diabetes and about 8 million who have it, but have nto been diagnosed.  That just seems like a lot of folks with Diabetes.

I started thinking about the number of Americans who have fought in wars, so I looked it up.  Well, I was surprised at the numbers and how far back you have to go to equal the number of Diabetics in America.  Stick with me, here, please.

Desert Storm (Gulf War) 800,000
Vietnam 2,709,918
Korea 1,789,000
World War II 16,000,000
World War I 297,000
Civil War 3,750,000
Total 25,345,918

Look, this is the number – 25,345,918 – of Americans who have served in the major conflicts going back to 1860.  And, that still does not equal the number of diabetics in America today.  That is astounding!

By the way, I did not include the current wars in the Mid-East because they are still active and the numbers just won’t be reliable.  And, before I go on, I’d like to thank anyone who has served this country by enlisting in the military at anytime.  You put the most valuable item you have, your life, on the line for me.  Thank you so very much.

There are a lot of ways I could go with the number of those who served, and that doesn’t really matter to you.  What matters is that if you have Diabetes, you are working to control it, because you will be successful – I know it.  Just remember it’s a battle of little steps.

If you don’t know whether or not you have Diabetes, take a look at the symptoms.  If you have any of the symptoms, get in to see your doctor; they will very likely order an A1c test.  Once you get the results, you will know one way or another and can deal with it.  By the way, don’t depend on having symptoms of Diabetes; get an A1c test done annually or biannually.

If Diabetes runs in your family, let your doctor know so they can order the A1c test annually.

Once you get the results from the test, no matter what they are, you can take whatever the necessary steps are, if any.  A good place to start is with The Survival Guide.

Remember, if you have Diabetes, you can control it.  You can fight it and win.  You can control Diabetes instead of Diabetes controlling you.

As always, thank you for reading.  I know you can be victorious.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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