The possibility of a cure for this chronic condition is a far-off dream that many dare not even think of. Any diabetic patient remembers the sinking feeling and denial that came with this depressing diagnosis. The feeling of death inching perhaps a little too closely, the hopelessness of being tied to a disease that will haunt you for the rest of your life. Suddenly life becomes surrounded by injections, tablets, glucometers and lifestyle restrictions.
The two common forms of diabetes are known as Type1 and Type2 Diabetes.
Type 1 is common in infants and young children. Medical researchers have not yet established the real causes of Type1 diabetes however they do confirm that causes include genetic and autoimmune factors. Type1 diabetes breaks the hearts of parents and caregivers as they realize that the child is trapped for life.
Type2 diabetes is referred to as adult-onset diabetes because it manifests in adults. Our current lifestyle has seen to it that diabetes is now common in middle age and younger adults compared to previous years when it mostly manifested in older persons. Causes of this adult-onset diabetes include obesity, family history, old age, race/ethnicity, physical inactivity and gestational diabetes.
Under normal circumstances, insulin is produced to match sugar (glucose) levels present in the blood and this sugar is efficiently absorbed into the cells. In situations where the pancreas produces less insulin than is needed, most of the sugar is left in the blood and results in serious health implications including death. This inability to take in sugar from the blood and pass it on into body cells is what is referred to diabetes.
Symptoms linked to Diabetes
Symptoms linked to diabetes include:
• Weight loss of unexplained proportions
• Continued and unquenchable thirst
• Blurry vision
• Recurrent urination including night visits to the bathroom
• Unexplained outburst of anger
• Tingling and in some cases feeling numb in your hands or feet
• Parched skin and sores that take too long to heal
Anyone experiencing two or three of these symptoms should have their blood sugar tested to confirm or rule out diabetes.
Statistics surrounding Diabetes
Medical research has found that the possibility of developing diabetes is higher among African American, American Indians Hispanic/Latino American, Pacific Islanders, and Asian American communities. Similarly, gestational diabetes is rife in these communities especially among African American, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians. Gestational diabetes normally ceases at end of pregnancy, however, there is has a 40 percent chance of becoming full-blown diabetes later in the lives of these women.
Other statistics include:
• Compared to whites, black people are 1.7 times more prone to diabetes.
• Diabetes preponderance in the past 30years has quadrupled among blacks.
• 10.8 percent of blacks aged 20 and above live with diabetes. This translates to around 2.3Million young black people.
• The probability of a black person experiencing diabetes-related complications is higher than that of a non-Hispanic white.
• Compared to whites, blacks stand a 27 percent chance of dying from diabetes.
These statistics tell us that managing this disease is not enough, we need to find a cure.
End of anxiety and start of a cure for Diabetes
For years diabetes patients have been told that there is no cure for diabetes. That the best possible treatment is to manage the disease until, well until the end comes.
While there are testimonies of people who have been weaned off medication after a period of following tight diets, exercising, medicating and other instructions, the probability of a relapse still hangs over their heads. Plus, they still have to watch their diets!
The anxiety that surrounds diabetic patients and their loved ones, is something that they should not have to go through, yet these fears loom over them year after year like a dark cloud that simply will not dissipate.
Is there another way?
What if those diagnosed with diabetes didn’t have to:
• Spend thousands of dollars on medication and doctor visits
• Constantly prick their fingers to check blood sugar levels, then getting overly worried when the levels are higher than they should be
• Walk around with tablets or injections or portions of food in their bags in case things start going south
• Avoid their favorite restaurants (or at worst carry their own food) because they do not serve diabetic-friendly meals
• Walk around worried about the possibility of getting a stroke or falling into a diabetic coma or premature death
Medical researchers have for years studied this disease and reports of their findings made public. These discoveries have been disputed and in many cases trashed by pharmaceutical companies who see any cure for diabetes as a threat to their otherwise lucrative business.
It is easy to see why any discoveries into complete diabetes reversal will not receive much time because pharmaceutical companies rake in billions of dollars from this condition and they have every intention of keeping it that. After all, they are keeping their patients alive, aren’t they? The question then becomes, what form of ‘alive’ state are these pharmaceutical companies keeping you in?
I truly believe that we will have a natural cure for diabetes that will be widely and readily available for all victims of this terrible disease. In the meantime, hoping that this day will arrive soon.