Why Control Blood Sugars?

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2011-06-01 06:10:43 -0500
Started 2011-05-30 06:53:28 -0500

According to the book, "1001 Tips for Living Well With Diabetes" from the American Diabetes Association, the question is raised, "Why should I work so hard to improve my blood sugar level?"

The answer:

"Because you'll feel more energy and a greater sense of well-being when your blood sugar enters the normal range. In addition, you'll delay or prevent problems with your eyes, kidneys, and nerves as your blood sugar improves. Many doctors also believe that problems with heart disease, strokes and hardening of the arteries may be delayed by good blood sugar control. If you do not get any complications of diabetes, you'll live a longer, healthier life."

I believe this excerpt from the book is a good reminder to us all to be militant in following our doctor's orders, frequent testing, dieting to gain or lose or maintain our weights, increased and committed exercise, attention to the importance of medication, and whatever steps we can take to lower and/or control our blood glucose that are within our control.

There are no known causes nor cures for diabetes, only risk factors which may or may not be true for every one of us but the answer to the question above is universal. For those people who have spouses or family or friends who are diabetic, the excerpt above is basically the only advice we can give to help others motivate themselves for proper care.

11 replies

MewElla 2011-05-30 15:56:56 -0500 Report

I most definitely want to stay on top of my diabetes and that is why I make myself a priority in testing bg"s, never missing a day of exercise, and watching what I am eating, with portion control. Diabetes can get away from us very quickly until it becomes too late and we suffer complications. So, whatever I have to do to keep my diabetes in control, I will do it. After all, this is my life and I am important to ME..

AuntieM234 2011-05-30 15:50:24 -0500 Report

Right on RayT721! The "pros" for controlling our blood sugar are unending. Another one of importance is that one is more likely to keep their body whole with controlled levels of blood sugar. My Daughter's friend's diabetic Father refused to give up alcoholic beverages and continued to drink them to excess. He got an ingrown toenail for which he neglected to seek care. By the time he did visit the Dr, it was too late to save the toe. At first, they just took (amputated) the big toe in question. Now, at that point, wouldn't you think that one would realize he must change his habits? Not so here. To make a long story short, within a year and after several amputations, the man has no feet! Further, his legs only extend to about two inches above where his knees used to be!

jayabee52 2011-05-30 20:49:26 -0500 Report

I have a new acquaintence, CP, who seems to be travelling that path. His sister died this past year from complications of DM but that has not awakened him to the seriousness of his condition. He still drinks regular sodas, and eats french fries and mashed potatoes. He thinks he knows what he's doing.

I've invited him to join DC, but he doesn't want to do it.

I am frustrated that I cannot reach him and help him see the seriousness of his condition.

I continue to pray for him, which right now is about all I can do.

Blessings to all y'all!


AuntieM234 2011-05-30 23:34:36 -0500 Report

Its really sad when people refuse to respect the urgent need to control their blood sugar. My nephew, Chris (6'4"), is a big (not fat), healthy-looking young man about 45 years of age, who is Type 2. He isnt diligent about following the correct path, and no one has been able to persuade him otherwise. He hasn't seen any serious effects yet, and I can't convince him that — by the time he sees them — the damage will probably already be done. The only thankful thing is he doesn't, never has, drank alcoholic beverages.

My Son-in-Law's uncle was a Type 2 … Notice I said WAS … Obviously, he didn't get cured. He died, and his family helped kill him by doing his bidding. He refused to give up anything. He would eat and/or drink whatever he pleased, including lots of beer. Then he would have someone give him an insulin injection to counteract the bad foods and beverages. Even though he was a macho man, he couldn't stand to give himself injections — needles; he was afraid of them. The death certificate read "Complications from Diabetes" — they should have called it suicide or assisted suicide … maybe even stupidity.

realsis77 2011-05-30 15:19:48 -0500 Report

Soo true,I do feel better when I run correctly and not high. I'm real sensitive to highs and when I am high I get sluggish and spacey and feel sleepy! Id much rather stay on track!

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