As the title implies, this will be a sobering post.
To keep updated on my previous stories about this person, read up with:
What I’m about to tell you is not made up. Although this news is almost a text book example of what happens when you continue with a horrible diet completely void of physical activity, and pretty much validates every point I’ve ever made on here, it is the truth.
This morning, she told me she just found out that she has type 2 diabetes.
I told her I was very sorry to hear it.
She goes on to tell me the following:
- The doctor told her it is only in its initial stages, so she is not fully insulin resistant yet.
- He also told her that if she lost some weight and exercised, that it may not progress.
- Her mother was diagnosed with type 2 when she was about her same age.
- Her mother was told the same advice, to exercise, and lose weight.
- Her mother did not do this, so her diabetes got worse, and she recently had to have surgery for advanced glaucoma, or she would have gone blind.
After mentioning that the doctor suggested that she should lose weight and exercise, she laughed and replied to me (I don’t know if she told her doctor this) that “I’ve been trying to do that for years!”
If you need reminding, go back and read my previous posts, where I tell you about her dinner choices. Of course these are only a few examples, which may not reflect an over-all diet, but it is pretty obvious that her habits with food are far from great. Not only the quality, but the quantity. I have witnessed more examples than just what I have explained here. Yet… she has told multiple people that she has “tried so hard to lose weight”, but just can’t seem to do it. The denial is just flabbergasting.
In terms of knowing her activity levels, she has said many times that she hates to exercise, yet wishes that she didn’t hate it because if she exercised, she could eat more.
Her mom developed type 2 diabetes, so the cause must be heredity, right?
Lets look at the risk factors for developing type 2, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Weight – Check √ She is obese.
- Inactivity – Check √
- Family History – Check √
- Race – Check √ She is African American, and statistically more likely to develop it.
- Age – Not this one, she is only about 30.
- Prediabetes – Probably √ According to Mayo, this is a condition in which ones blood sugar is higher than normal. The normal range is between 80-150 mg/dl, depending on how recently you’ve eaten. She said hers measured at 200 mg/dl. The border line for determining diabetes.
- Gestational Diabetes – no
The tally comes to being positive for 4, probably 5 out of 7 major risk factors.
I think the question is: Why did she not try and knock out the only two risk factors that are controllable, when she already knew that she was at risk?
Those two risk factors are, of course, having excess fat, and being extremely sedentary.
Why is it that for some people, wanting to appear and be healthy is enough to get them to lead a long/healthy lifestyle? When for other people, it takes getting a disease – in which two of the major risk factors can be controlled – to get that wake up call.
What’s the lessen here?
While the single cause of her type 2 diabetes may not be the fact that she is obese, or that she does not do any regular physical activity, the fact that she has both risk factors working negatively on her body in combination is especially detrimental.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Healthy lifestyle choices can help you prevent type 2 diabetes. Even if diabetes runs in your family, diet and exercise can help you prevent the disease. And if you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, the same healthy lifestyle choices can help you prevent potentially serious complications.
However, all fat cells are somewhat insulin resistant. So, the more fat you have, the more resistant you are likely to be, which causes your blood sugar to rise while your cells are starved for energy. Long-term high blood glucose levels can lead to blood vessel and nerve damage, as well as heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease.
According to several sources, even a modest weight loss and increase in activity can have a big difference in increasing insulin sensitivity.
As DR from Healthhabits has put it well:
While it is better to be “Fat and Fit” than “Skinny and Unfit”, it is even better to be Skinny AND Fit.
I just hope she gets the wake up call.
I found out that her mothers kidneys failed, and she is now on dialysis.
My co-worker and her siblings are all going to go to their mother’s hospital to find out if they can be a kidney donor.
Obviously my co-worker cannot, because she has diabetes.
Her brother does not have diabetes, but he is morbidly obese. Her sister is underweight.