And, it did not have to be.
I learned about a man today…think he was about 50. Worked all of his life. Took care of his family. Was going to be a grandfather soon. And, he was a Type 2 Diabetic.
Diabetic…and he did not take care of himself. I don’t know why he didn’t. He just did not. Was he in denial? Maybe. But, Diabetes did not deny him. This man got a cut on his leg and it got infected. Do you know what happens to Diabetics who don’t take care of themselves and get an infection? Not good things.
Fighting infection is impaired in a Diabetic who is not taking care of themselves. This man got a bit worried about his infection and went to see his doctor. The doctor tried to treat it and ended up having to amputate the leg. I know what you are thinking – “That wouldn’t happen to me.” You are right, if you work to control your Diabetes. Otherwise, you could easily be one of the thousands of Diabetics who lose a bit of their body to amputation. From to toes to limbs. It’s an everyday occurrence that just does not have to happen; should not happen.
Did that take care of the infection? Nope. It went to his brain and he was given two weeks to live. He lived 13 days.
This absolutely did not have to happen. I don’t know why he did not care for himself. But, because he didn’t, his wife no longer has a husband. Children, even though adults, no longer have a father. And, the soon to be grandchildren will never know their grandfather.
Folks, I did not make this up. This is a very specific person…one of 235,000 who will die this year from Diabetes in the United States. Sure, he died from an infection in the brain because his body was not able to fight off the infection in his leg. The inability to fight the infection is a complication of uncontrolled Diabetes.
Such a loss – and it did not have to be. What do you need to do to control Diabetes? You need to establish a healthy lower or low carb diet and keep it. You need to do a bit of exercise. And, you need to take your meds. Diet. Exercise. Meds. The Big Three.
Do you think the man I described here would control his Diabetes if it meant being able to live? I know I am not being gentle, but I am angry that he died; I am angry at the waste of life that did not have to happen. I hurt for his family – and the grandchildren who will never know him. Please, do not let this happen to you.
You are important. Important to others. Important to the future – who knows what wonderful things you will do? And, you must be important to yourself. This about it. If you don’t take care of your Diabetes, nobody can force you to or take care of it for you. It’s a battle; a war. And, it’s fought everyday at every meal. It’s a fight for your future, your life, and the lives you touch.
Please, if you aren’t committed to your War On Diabetes, start today. If you’ve slipped a bit, go back to the War and win. If you are new to Diabetes, know that it can be controlled and that you can do it.
Don’t wait for that pill that will suddenly take care of everything. I have no clue where it is and if anyone is really looking for one. Think about it – the drug companies make way too much money giving you pills or insulin every month. Why would they ever kill a cash cow and ‘discover’ a cure? It does not make sense.
Don’t wait…start today to take control of Diabetes and get your health back.
Join the War On Diabetes and fight back!
As always, thank you for reading. It’s going to be a great day!