While you are likely familiar with the importance of preventing Type 2 diabetes, you may be surprised to know so many people do not know how crucial it is to avoid the disease so they can live and long and healthy life. We all get caught up in daily living and often forget to take care of ourselves. Healthy eating is put aside, and exercise plans are postponed. But Type 2 diabetes doesn’t care if you are at a stressful moment in your life. If you leave yourself vulnerable to the condition, this form of diabetes may play a role in your future.
Just in case you need a reminder, or perhaps a lesson on why you should prevent having higher than normal blood sugar together with weight gain, here are five important reasons for you to consider…
1. Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Problems. We will start with the worst-case scenario. It’s a harsh reality but if you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you are at risk of being afflicted with heart disease and cardiovascular problems.
Type 2 diabetes may not be lethal itself, but it does instigate the rise of deadly conditions.
2. Stroke. Similar to a heart attack as a result of heart disease, a stroke also carries the potential of causing instant death. A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes can seem so harmless – until it exacerbates and leads to lethal complications.
3. Retinopathy. Retinopathy is a term not understood by many. Blindness on the other hand is. While you are not guaranteed to go blind as a result of high blood sugar levels; it is a possibility. At a minimum, uncontrolled Type 2 diabetics are at risk of having vision problems due to the harmful effects of hyperglycemia on the delicate structures of the eye.
4. Neuropathy. People with Type 2 diabetes are at risk of nerve damage. The body undergoes several blood sugar spikes as it digests and absorbs the nutrients you provide. When high blood sugar levels are sustained, however, serious problems arise. Nerve damage or neuropathy is yet another reason why blood sugar levels should be maintained at a healthy level.
Tingling and numbness in the extremities are symptoms of neuropathy. In extreme cases, complete loss of sensation may occur.
5. Kidney Disease. Lastly, we have kidney disease or diabetic nephropathy. When the kidneys lose efficiency as a result of the damage caused by high blood sugar, they lose their ability to remove waste from the body. In turn, dangerous substances may begin to accumulate, causing injury to internal organs and systems.
Kidney disease is another complication of Type 2 diabetes that may lead to premature death.