As Seen On TV…

as seen on tv

So, there I was.  Taking time to watch a little television.  I don’t watch much, but find it’s a great way to unwind for a few minutes.  And, since I think commercials are a waste of time, I record a couple of shows so I can zip right through them.  I’m pretty much the ONLY person on Earth who does that, right?

Anyway, I catch a glimpse of a commercial, then back-up so I can see it.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing during prime time.  The commercial was for a drug – no surprise there – to treat Diabetes nerve damage.  Nerve Damage, or Diabetic Neuropathy, occurs when high blood sugar content begins to injure (destroy) nerve fiber.  Folks, this is not good – not good at all.  And, for those who suffer from it, it’s great there is something out there to treat it.  Like Diabetes, you don’t notice symptoms until damage is already done.

“Diabetic neuropathy is a common serious complication of diabetes. Yet you can often prevent diabetic neuropathy or slow its progress with tight blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle.”  The Mayo Clinic

Look, Diabetic Neuropathy is to be avoided.  In order to do that, control your blood sugar – get it under tight control which translates to an A1c of 7.0, or less.  Or, better yet, don’t get Diabetes.  Treat Prediabetes as the disease it is and you can reverse or postpone the onset of Diabetes.

But, there must be a lot of folks who need this drug I saw advertised.  Commercial rates during primetime network television are not cheap.   No wonder the direct medical cost associated with Diabetes is $174,000,000,000 per year.  Think that might affect health insurance premiums?  But, there is an alternative that works – tight control of Diabetes – and it’s very doable.

Tight control of Diabetes means doing the Big Three – Diet, Exercise, and Meds – and doing them daily, or as prescribed.  You can control your Diabetes.  It’s not up to anyone or anything else.  It’s not about waiting for some sort of cure or getting magic drugs that will allow you to eat anything you desire.  It’s about being responsible for your own treatment so you don’t face the complications including Diabetic Neuropathy.

Folks, it’s a war for your health.  You can fight the War On Diabetes and win.  People are doing it every single day.  Do you have a choice?  Sure, you can just go on doing what you are doing and wait for the complications to arise.  Then, it’s a bit late.  Please, start to wage war today…now.

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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