What is type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition where your body is becoming resistant to insulin (the stuff that helps move sugar into your blood cells). To help your cells accept the insulin, we take medication. I’m sure most of you know these things but it doesn’t hurt to cover the basics.
But there’s 2 of them..
Why are there 2 types of diabetes? Well type one is a genetic disorder. The pancreas produces very little insulin. Because of this those with type 1 have to manually take insulin. This disorder is a genetic mutation. Type 2 can happen at a late age although it’s affecting people younger everyday with the rise of obesity. Being overweight can cause your pancreas to tire out and over produce insulin. On top of that a diet filled with carbs and sweets and you’ve got a body riddled with sugar and not enough insulin. When you’ve had too much to eat what do you do? Stop…except for holidays like thanksgiving where you just have to get in one more bite.
So your body makes too much insulin to help your cells use the sugar but your cells are not taking in any. If you’re not making enough, it could be you’ve already got so much in your system your body starts to reject it. Either way, too much sugar in your blood can cause a lot of damage to your body. Yes it’s needed, but if it’s not being used or there’s just way to much, there’s not a lot your body can do. That’s where myself and a lot of people in the US are at right now. Type 2 diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in America. We’ve become so saturated with sugar that our bodies are starting to quit on us. I’m only 26. I was diagnosed 6 months ago right before Christmas. Great present right?
The struggle has been real
I’ve struggled these last 6 months. I keep thinking that it’s all about what I’m eating but it’s more than that. If I want a bacon cheeseburger I can have it! Yet if said cheeseburger has a 1/2 pound patty, I’m pretty sure that’s overkill. So here I am, so sweet and full of sugar! My life depends on truly being able to take control of my health and I intend to do just that. That’s why I want to fight. Lets show people that this is something that can be done. I refuse to be condemned to a life of pill popping when I am in control of how I take care of myself. It will not be easy but lets beat this!
Anyone else with me?