Diabetes is often minimized in a variety of ways. From making assumptions about its cause to making assumptions about its treatment.
But it’s more than just a disease you get from eating too much sugar and cure with insulin.
In fact, neither of those things are even true. There are actually many complexities to why individuals develop diabetes. And beyond that, there is no cure. Unfortunately, the only current option is treatment– management through a combination of medication and lifestyle. It requires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week attention, and there are so many things that can affect it, from stress, to sleep.
Further, it’s not just about the things that can affect your blood glucose levels. What’s equally as important is acknowledging the consequences of ignoring the condition altogether. And while that’s tempting because it allows you to pretend an issue doesn’t exist, the truth is, diabetes also comes with a host of potential complications if left untreated.
For Jeff Howard, this realization came too late. Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 20 years earlier, Jeff didn’t give his condition the attention it deserved, and the complications started to set in. This harsh reality inspired him to start making management a priority and to urge others to take control of their condition before it’s too late.
Take a look at his story, and as always, let us know what you think in the comments below.
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.