“Rusty” Blood

Blodd Drops Small

What a difference between blood drops.  One is such a healthy bright red.  The other is dark, ‘dirty,’ and filled with glucose.  Which would you rather have?

For a long time I have wanted to find a way to graphically represent Diabetes.  A picture is worth 10,000 words; the right image would communicate the seriousness of the disease so people would immediately understand.  With the help of a graphic artist, I think we may have it.

Several months ago I was talking with someone who has a number of diabetics in their family.  Some of them are suffering from complications because they have not controlled Diabetes.  As we talked, they mentioned that Diabetes had been described to them as having rust in the blood.  The significance and accuracy of that statement did not hit me until about two months ago.

Have you ever seen water with rust in it come out of a faucet?  It’s brown.  Anywhere from clear water with a slight brown tint to almost completely brown.  It looks diseased and dirty; nothing you’d want to drink or use to bathe.  That water has been travelling in the pipes picking up rust and not able to get rid of it; no way to filter it out.  And, the rust damages everything it touches from the pipes to valves to fixtures – everything is damaged.  Everything is affected. It’s the terrible water from Uncle Mort’s old cabin!

It’s the same way with Diabetes and glucose (sugar) in the blood.  That sugar, like rust, touches all parts of your body – everywhere blood goes –  and can lead to problems.  What kinds of problems?

  • Kidney failure.
  • Poor circulation – which is why your feet or hands might always seem to be cold.
  • Loss of eyesight.
  • Loss of hearing.
  • Heart problems.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Depression.
  • Stroke.

The list goes on and on.  Take a look at the complete list from the American Diabetes Association.

If you have a choice, you’d want the clean, healthy blood, right?  Well, YOU do have a choice.  You can control Diabetes.  Is it easy?  Not all of the time; sometimes you have to say no to favorite desserts, breads,etc.  Does it take a bit of work?  Yeah.  Do you have to remember to take medication?  Probably.  Can you do it?  Definitely!

You have a choice.  You can control Diabetes by doing just three things: Diet, Exercise, and Meds.  That’s it.  Three things to take control of the disease.  What would you rather do: spend an afternoon in dialysis (25% of those on dialysis have Diabetes) or take control and enjoy better health using the weapons that have proven successful and spend that same afternoon seeing your children or grandchildren?  That’s not a trick question; it’s a real question that you face everyday.

You can win your War On Diabetes.  You can control the disease.  Start with baby steps; keep going; one step and then the next; and, you will feel better than you have in years.  I truly believe you can win.  You can control the disease and win your War On Diabetes.

As always, thank you for reading.


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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2 comments on ““Rusty” Blood
  1. beetleypete says:

    You have found a great graphic to show a valid point here Phil. I am pleased to see your blog so productive, and with lots of followers too. Your good work in educating people about Diabetes is very worthwhile, and I hope you carry on. Well done!
    Regards from England, Pete.

    • Pete,

      Thank you! I have a wonderful friend who is a graphic artist and with his help we made this graphic. Your comment and approval is wonderful. I hope folks use it when they explain Diabetes is and does to the body.


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