Some 2.7 million people in Britain have been diagnosed with type-2-diabetes (a shocking statistic which will only get worse unless the situation is adequately addressed). But the thing that really disturbs me is that there are another 850,000 people out there who may have the disease but remain undiagnosed.
Bupa has recently carried out a survey and found that there is a significant amount of people out there who are exhibiting the symptoms of type-2-diabetes—but choose to do nothing about it. Dr Tim Woodman, a Medical Director at Bupa was interviewed by the Huffington Post and explained,
“Most people seem to be are aware of what leads to type 2 diabetes, for example their lifestyle choices, but 54% of people say they ignore the long-term health consequences. …”
In my case, I was totally unaware that I had diabetes and equally unaware of, and unaffected by, the symptoms. I had always been, what I considered to be, a fit and healthy person—and I didn’t feel ill. I knew that I had gained some weight but I didn’t consider myself obese and didn’t have, what I considered to be, an unhealthy diet.
I didn’t stop to think that much of what I was eating—although marketed as wholesome and healthy food— was actually heavily processed food which was loaded with excess sugar and other equally unhealthy things.
One of the things that I have grown to understand over the years is that everyone’s body has different tolerances. Some people may not become diabetic even when they are considerably over-weight; whereas others may put on less weight and end up insulin resistant or diabetic. Although obesity is a significant factor in the development of diabetes, it is not the factor in all cases. There are other reasons, apart from life-style, that can dictate whether or not you end up with type-2-diabetes.
I think education and awareness is the key. I feel that the more I know about the effects of diabetes the better equipped I will be in managing or even reversing the condition. Above all, to those people who are in the risk group and are exhibiting even the most minor symptoms, go to your GP and get tested. The earlier the diagnosis, the better chance you have of controlling it or reversing the symptoms altogether.