When it comes to diseases, there are predominantly two ways they can be categorized: those that are man-made and those capable of afflicting us regardless of our influence. That being said, there is some overlap between these categories. Various conditions can surface because we are predisposed to them and because we facilitated its development.
Type 2 diabetes is a good example. You may be at risk because it runs in your family but also because you lead an unhealthy lifestyle. It is important to note Type 1 diabetes is very different because its exact cause is unknown. Some people are susceptible to factors we do not fully understand.
Let us focus on the man-made diseases because they warrant our attention for two reasons…
- we are primarily responsible for them, and
- they can usually be prevented.
While some individuals are at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes because of factors outside their control, it is mostly a man-made disease. We have learned the primary factors driving its development are within our control. Notably, these include…
- body weight,
- overall lifestyle, and
- general well-being.
It is rare to see adults develop Type 2 diabetes when these facets of life are in good standing – even if this form of diabetes runs in the family. On the other hand, many diagnosed Type 2 diabetics often show a lack of discretion in these areas.
Evidently, Type 2 diabetes is a disease we can highly influence. For better or worse.
As it happens, much of the same rings true for obesity. The correlation between what causes Type 2 diabetes and obesity are so high they are usually present concurrently. Remember there are different grades of obesity. Not all diabetics have a severe case and similarly, not all adults who are overweight are morbidly obese. Often, the cases of diabetes and obesity are relatively mild in those who are diagnosed. Which means with some time and effort, both diseases can be effectively managed and treated.
If you are an overweight diabetic, you most likely are aware of the part you played in bringing this about. But there is a silver lining: you are capable of fixing the problem. What is man-made can be undone. What matters, as always, is you are willing. Only then will your odds at succeeding be in your favor.
Type 2 diabetes and obesity are debilitating diseases affecting many people in modern society. But you do not have to conform. You can say “no” to diabetes and being overweight or obese. It is empowering to know your choices do make a difference.
Which choice will you make?