Diabetes Can’t Kill You…Can It?

No image – could not find one I though appropriate.  You’ll understand.

I have been wondering for quite a few months why some people don’t control their Diabetes when with a few changes they can be successful.  Maybe it’s not really so bad.  It seems as though no thought is given that Diabetes might be lethal.  So, I asked the simple question, “Can Diabetes cause death?”

Simple question, with an interesting answer.  The simple answer is, “No, Diabetes does not cause death.”  I hear that collective sigh of relief and can absolutely hear you saying, I knew it.”  It’s just as you thought: Diabetes isn’t so bad.  So, you can go ahead and eat, drink and be merry.  No need to do any of that “Diet, Exercise and Meds” that I refer to so often.  No need to take it seriously.  You can always take an extra pill if you eat the wrong thing, right?

It very simple terms, “Think again.”  Keep reading.

I sure hope you are still with me, because this is going to get interesting.  Still paying attention?  I hope so, because not too many folks use Diabetes and Death in the same sentence; you just don’t find this kind of information lying around everyday.

In 2007 Diabetes was listed as contributing to, or an underlying cause of death on 231,404 Death Certificates.  I found that to be very sobering.  231,404.  That’s a lot of people.  In fact, that’s the entire population of Reno, NV!  A modern American city wiped out by Diabetes.

Diabetes was listed as the cause, either as an underlying or contributing cause of death, on 231,404 Death Certificates in 2007!  It’s going to be a larger number now – it really will be.  There are about 9,000,000 more Diabetics now than there were in 2007, so it will be listed on more Death Certificates.

According to the World Health Organization, once heart disease and colon and rectal cancers are eliminated, the leading cause of death in wealthy nations is…You guessed it, Diabetes.  In fact, the total number of folks in the United States who died from HIV/Aids complications through 2007 was 583,298 – that’s from about 1981 though 2007. Heck, in just 2.5 years Diabetes is listed on that many Death Certificates.

Straight off of the Center for Disease Control’s website:

Deaths among people with diabetes, United States, 2007

  • Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death based on U.S. death certificates in 2007. This ranking is based on the 71,382 death certificates in 2007 in which diabetes was the underlying cause of death. Diabetes was a contributing cause of death in an additional 160,022 death certificates for a total of 231,404 certificates in 2007 in which diabetes appeared as any-listed cause of death.
  • Diabetes is likely to be underreported as a cause of death. Studies have found that about 35% to 40% of decedents with diabetes had it listed anywhere on the death certificate and about 10% to 15% had it listed as the underlying cause of death.
  • Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

So, does it cause death?  Yep.  Don’t fool yourself: Diabetes is a serious disease. but the good news is that it can be controlled and managed.  You can control it with the help of your Health Team (Doctor, Pharmacist and you) and through Diet, Exercise and Meds.  You can control this demon so it will not be listed on a Death Certificate.  You can control it so that you become ‘normal’ and live to play with your grandchildren.

Are you still with me?  I hope so because I found the answer to my question to be very sobering.  No, I was amazed.  But, it does not have to happen.  You can control your Diabetes – all it takes is a decision to do so – a decision to have the best life you can have, and deserve.

And, if you have been diagnosed as having Prediabetes, you can either beat it completely – and there are a lot of folks who have done just that, or you can postpone the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.  Believe me, you want to put it off as long as possible.

You can do this.  You can go to war with me and be victorious over Diabetes.  You can control it so it does not impact your life.  You can control it so you thrive.  Think about it, if you can control your Diabetes, what else can you accomplish?  More than you can imagine.

What do I want?  The Death of Diabetes.

As always, thank you for reading.

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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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