I was reading an article today on Pre-diabetes and how to tackle it before it gets too far. http://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes...
It offered a lot of great tips on what to do if you suspect you have it or have had other health issues that might make you more inclined to have it later in life. I think a lot of us know these things in hind site. But how do we get a jump on it and keep it from catching up to us, when we otherwise have no idea it's coming? I see it here often, how shocked people are when they are told the have diabetes. There must have been something showing up before?
For me, I have no excuse. I have a family history of it, and a lot of the other issues such as weight, poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. When I tested myself, I knew what to expect. But what's sad, is that by the time I tested, I already had some complications and my doctors (before I lost my job and insurance) must have known for a long time that I was facing this. No one ever said anything…not once. I have since learned to be a better advocate for myself.
I see the same thing happening with my step daughter. Her last labs she had a 115 fasting glucose. That should put up a red flag, but the doctor said nothing…so my words are falling on deaf ears, because the doctor didn't give the diagnosis. She has no family history that we know of, but she has other issues that feed the diabetes monster. So I worry.
So while this article is great for those of us who are aware or paying any kind of attention. What about those whose doctors don't say anything to get people on the road to prevention or at the very least a delay of the disease? I know they think we will not be compliant or might fight them. That's fine, then the onus ours, not theirs. But how many doctors wait too long to say anything to maybe help us turn the corner earlier?
We need to ask more questions and be more involved in our care. It could mean the difference of decades of not having this disease full blown in our lives. So share with those you love who are still diabetes free. Encourage them to test for it if you suspect they may be prone to it…or not. Better to know ahead of time while the monster is still small enough to manage.
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