More than 700,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the United States each and every year. Perhaps you are one of the newly diagnosed with many questions. Your diagnosis will more than likely unsettle, upset and frustrate you. It is okay to be concerned, but the last thing you should do is panic. Since you are ultimately in control of your thoughts, you are also in control of your feelings. So make sure you ask yourself the right questions and don’t allow negativity to make the situation worse.
One question you may be asking yourself is the following: “Why do I have diabetes? Why me?” Many people feel they have been highly unfortunate as if they have been chosen or destined to be a Type 2 diabetic. In reality, the development of diabetes is something that can be profoundly influenced. Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease – and not a condition afflicting us by chance.
There are several risk factors for Type 2 diabetes which can help answer your question. It is primarily caused by a mixture of lifestyle and genetic factors. But – and this is a point needing to be stressed – lifestyle risk factors play a larger role in influencing the development of this form of diabetes. Which means even those people who are predisposed to developing Type 2 diabetes because of genetic factors can still prevent it with a healthy lifestyle.
Certain ethnic groups, like Hispanics and African-Americans, are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Those with a family history of diabetes are also at a greater risk. But it ultimately comes down to lifestyle factors like diet, nutrition, and physical activity levels that determine your chances. If you are overweight, physically inactive, and have an unhealthy diet, you are presenting the common risk factors leading to high blood sugar levels and full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
Perhaps you can relate to this: you may have been overweight for the past ten years. Perhaps your diet wasn’t up to par. Combining an unhealthy diet with being overweight and physically inactive is a recipe for a health disaster. Sooner or later complications begin to unfold: it could be Type 2 diabetes, it could be heart disease, or it could be another health issue. The bottom line is an unhealthy lifestyle leads to an unhealthy body, which leaves you vulnerable to a host of health problems.
With that said, Type 2 diabetics should not think too much about the past. Regret is futile and is not going to help you. It is better to focus on what you can start doing today – because there is much you can do.
Even if you have out of control blood sugar levels now, it does not mean you will always have high, unstable levels. They can be treated and managed – but only if you are up for the task.