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Type 2 Diabetes - The Consequences Can be Deadly

by Dr Michael Hutch PhD

Even though there are up to 25 million people in the United States currently diagnosed with diabetes, it is estimated that there are another 5 million who have the condition but refuse to acknowledge the possibility that they may indeed have the disease. Since diabetes comes with many potential complications that can severely impair your health, it is vital that you don't stay in denial and go get tested if you exhibit any symptoms. Blurred vision, dizziness, and confusion are some of the first signs to be on the lookout for and are reason enough to go see the doctor.

Even when finally diagnosed, many diabetic patients still live in a state of denial. This is such a common phenomenon that many doctors now believe that this is a natural part of the acceptance process. Denying that you have indeed contracted diabetes is a natural way for people to cope with the news and avoid feeling overwhelmed or depressed. It is important that you don't stay in denial though, because a diagnosis of diabetes is not the end of the world. It does often entail major lifestyle changes and increased vigilance spotting symptoms, but does not have to signal an end to your healthy and active lifestyle.

Once the diabetes patient has passed their initial denial that they have indeed been afflicted with diabetes, many continue this pattern by denying the seriousness of the disease. Denying the potential complications that can come with diabetes is not only foolish, it can potentially be fatal. If a diabetic patient does not strictly adhere to their proscribed diet, remain active, test their blood glucose levels regularly, and collaborate closely with their physician a multitude of diabetes complications can set in. It is important that you don't stay in this form of denial, because it could result in heart disease, liver failure, blindness, and foot or leg amputations.

It is important to recognize the warning signs that you or a loved one with diabetes may exhibit. One of the most common ways patients in denial behave is to begin skipping their blood sugar testing. Often they will state that they feel fine at the moment, so the testing is not necessary. A person in denial may also begin to stray from their diet, stating that it is too restrictive or difficult to prepare. Many diabetics find themselves in this state of mind occasionally, but the important thing is that they don't stay in denial for long.

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My Dr Michael Hutch PhD "Diabetes-Your-Blood-Sugar" sites provide useful information about Type 2 diabetes and Blood Sugar.

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