Diabeetus! It Is No Laughing Matter

11 Oct

Despite the humor that is found in the pronunciation of Diabetes by the likes of Wilford Brimley and more recently Fat Mac from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, diabetes or Diabeetus is not a laughing matter.

In the U.S., diabetes claims more lives than breast cancer and AIDS combined. That is such a staggering statistic considering the number of preventable, or at the very least, manageable cases there are out there.

Diabetes is a disease that is personal to The Hubs and myself. We both have lost family due to complications from the disease, and have loved ones who are currently suffering because of it. We both are predisposed to diabetes because of the genetic link to these family members. I am already considered pre-diabetic because of my Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome diagnosis. My sugar reading is always in a great range, but due to the hormonal imbalances that cause the PCOS, my insulin response is hindered.

The Hubs and I both realize that eating the way we did and living the very inactive life we lived, we were merely biding our time until we were diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Based on the infographic above, 80% of all Type 2 cases are preventable with lifestyle changes. I don’t know about you all, but I like those odds. I always (somewhat jokingly) called myself a healthy fat person. While I never had elevated blood pressure, high sugar, or high cholesterol. We all know that it was not if I developed these conditions, it was simply when I would develop them.

This is just one of the many reasons I have reclaimed my life. I want to be fit, healthy and disease free to be around as long as possible for my husband and daughter.

I mentioned in a previous post about the shaming of fat people and how I do not think that is the answer. I still stand by that point, but I also said that it is important to encourage and spread awareness about the problems caused from being obese. Diabetes is the most common and preventable disease caused by being obese.

I speak mostly of Type 2 because that is the type of diabetes I am most familiar with, but the ADA does amazing work for both types of diabetes. I think it is very important to support the American Diabetes Association for that very reason. They are committed to providing to support to diabetics and fund research to find a cure.

Next Saturday, The Hubs, Tink and I will be joining the ophthalmology practice I work for at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. This cause is one that touches my professional life as well as my personal life. Diabetes can often threaten your vision. The doctors I work for and the staff are committed to this cause because of how this disease effects our patients.

I would like to invite anyone of you interested in contributing to this worthy cause, to donate to my walk fund by clicking here. I would also like to encourage you find a walk in your area and get moving to raise some money for the ADA on your own!

FitFam: We are the example for taking our lives back and fighting against the preventable. Please keep fighting that good Fit Fight!

Stay Strong and Keep Moving,

4 Responses to “Diabeetus! It Is No Laughing Matter”

  1. storechickJane October 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    This is a subject near & dear to me. Type II Diabetes is so curable with a lifestyle change. I am living proof of this. Eighteen months and 127lbs later I am free of all medication, for diabetes & high blood pressure. Yes, it is hard b/c I would rather eat the 3C’s(cake, cookies, candy) than healthy food, but feeling this great is totally worth the sacrifice. Truth be told, I am enjoying real food for the first time in my life.

    • chirpybleu October 17, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      Jane that is so inspirational and proof that when you want something badly enough, you have to fight for it! So glad to hear that you are free of medication and loving your knew healthy life!!!!

  2. Laura @ Chaotic Domestic October 12, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    What an important reminder! Thanks for sharing and thanks for participating in the walk.

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