Type 2 Diabetes – Understanding the Diabetes of Yesterday and Today

I feel compelled to explain Type 2 diabetes because it is one of the most misunderstood diseases out there. In the past, we just did not know enough about any form of diabetes. The earliest records of diabetes were made back in Ancient Egypt, where physicians discovered frequent urination as the first symptom. Moving forward to another thousand years, it was in 500 BC that a correlation was discovered between obese individuals and the sugar found in their urine.

Hundreds of years later in Ancient Greece, physicians diagnosed the condition as a form of kidney dysfunction, where it was as if the flesh and limbs were melted down into urine. Furthermore, it was only in the 16th-century diabetes was finally characterized as a serious disorder by the physician Paracelsus.

One salient fact is for thousands of years since the first charted records; nobody knew how to treat or manage the disease. While various forms of treatment were attempted, none were ultimately successful. The result was there were many generations where children and adults fell victim to the lethal effects of diabetes and an uncontrolled blood sugar level. At best, they were left to deal with its devastating complications without a means to control it.

In the modern-day, we are fortunate to understand so much about the different forms of diabetes. We now understand its pathology. And Type 2 diabetes doesn’t simply affect anyone; it usually afflicts those who lead unhealthy lifestyles. Since Type 2 diabetes is ultimately characterized by hyperglycemia, those individuals who allow themselves to be susceptible to chronically elevated levels of blood sugar will be at risk.

Of course, it goes without saying no one chooses to have hyperglycemia voluntarily. But much can be said about the decisions one makes in regards to their lifestyle…

  • if you eat poorly,
  • if you’re overweight, and
  • if you’re physically inactive,

you are essentially a prime candidate for Type 2 diabetes in the near future. It would benefit you to get a physical checkup immediately, especially if you’re a middle-aged adult. Unfortunately, millions of people around the world are undiagnosed Type 2 diabetics, so it hurts to say you might be a diabetic if your health status is currently below a healthy standard.

With all of that said, we live in a time where we know how to treat high blood sugar levels. No longer will there be untimely death due to unknown reasons. If you’re a Type 2 diabetic in today’s day and age, you have the essential knowledge available to you to help you treat your condition.

But it is up to you to take the initiative. The decision is yours to make.