A type 2 diabetes diagnosis can be as frustrating as it is scary. Many people worry about how it will affect their daily quality of life, while others think about long-term complications like kidney disease, heart disease, and nerve damage.
Diabetes is a very serious condition that affects an estimated 285 million people around the world. Thanks to the growing popularity of fast food, high calorie, high fat diets, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, it is expected that by 2030 there will be 438 million people suffering from diabetes1.
Each year 7 million people develop diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your body cannot effectively regulate the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Your body no longer responds to the insulin that’s being produced, or there simply isn’t enough being produced. As a result, this leads to an excess of sugar in the bloodstream. If left untreated diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart disease or circulatory problems.
Obesity is linked to type 2 diabetes. High levels of fat in the blood destroy insulin-producing cells in the pancreas through a process that leads to type 2 diabetes. There are two types of diabetes and each has unique characteristics.
- Type 1 diabetes - the body attacks the cells in the pancreas that make insulin, and, as a result, no insulin is available and sugar begins to build up in the blood. This type generally affects children, though it can also occur in adults. People with type 1 diabetes must regularly monitor their glucose levels and take insulin
- Type 2 diabetes - the body produces insulin, but it’s either not enough, or the body isn’t effectively able to process the sugars, which causes the blood sugar levels to rise. Treatments include exercise, weight loss, oral diabetes agents and if still uncontrolled, insulin
A diet mainly consisting of fast food and a sedentary lifestyle has spurred the diabetes pandemic. Healthy eating and exercise have taken a back seat to convenience, and now many are paying the price in the form of failing health – the hallmark of obesity. Watching your diet is key to controlling diabetes. However, to truly fight diabetes, you must find a way to lose excess weight and keep it off.
There are many long-term problems associated with diabetes, the main one being elevated blood sugar levels that result in a condition called hyperglycemia. Over time, hyperglycemia can damage many parts of the body and this can lead to:
- Eye disease (retinopathy) - a leading cause of blindness
- Kidney disease (nephropathy) - a leading cause of kidney failure
- Nerve disease (neuropathy) - which can also lead to foot and leg amputations
- Diseases of the circulatory system – the risk of heart disease is 2-4 times higher than in those without diabetes. The formation of fatty plaques in the arteries (atherosclerosis) – can lead to blockages or a clot and in turn lead to a heart attack or stroke
- Amputation – people with diabetes are 15-40 times more likely to need a lower limb amputation
For many years, the best that people suffering from type 2 diabetes could hope for was to manage their diabetes through lifestyle changes and medication. Luckily, that’s all changed with the advancement of adjustable gastric banding that can help people lose their excess weight and keep it off.
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1Source International Diabetes Federation 2010