Impact of Diabetes on You and Your Family

 

If you're diabetic I don't have to tell you that this disease consumes you on a daily and even an hourly basis.  As depicted in the following diagram, diabetes impacts you and your family in at least 7 ways:

  • Physically 
  • Emotionally
  • Financially
  • Family
  • Work
  • Day-to-Day Life
  • Globally

Hopefully, one of these areas of impact will motivate you to begin educating yourself about diabetes and nutrition and how to better manage your Type 2 diabetes.

Impact of Diabetes on You

Why Most Diabetics Remain Diabetic: The Emotional Dark Side of Diabetes 

The well-known dark side of diabetes (and other diseases) is the greediness of the medical and pharmaceutical industries to make billions of dollars by treating diseases with ineffective and toxic drugs instead of providing cures.

But, there is another dark side of diabetes (and other diseases) that's actually under our control -- believe it or not, it's our emotions!

There are many reasons why we struggle with our diseases (e.g. why diabetics remain diabetic), e.g. poor diet, wrong information, genetics, lifestyle, financial resources, environment, etc.

However, the Number 1 reason why we struggle with disease and why so many diabetics remain diabetic is due to procrastination! And, the reason why we procrastinate is usually emotionally-related! There are several "dark" emotions that control us on a subconscious level and keep us from confronting anddefeating our disease!

It is very tough to go against the status quo to tackle a disease like diabetes by yourself. There are many emotional and psychological reasons why many Type 2 diabetics will "rationalize" their disease and remain diabetic. This is true for other diseases and health problems such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. 

I can't tell you the number of people who have been unable to overcome their anxiety, fear, anger, apathy, lack of motivation, etc. even though the answer to their diabetes (or other disease) is right in front of them! What's that ol' saying? You can lead a horse to water, but, you can't make him drink it.

There are many emotional and psychological problems (reasons) that doom us even though they have access to effective nutritional programs such as the Death to Diabetes Program.

As depicted in the following diagram, some of these emotional and psychological reasons include: anger, fear, depression, shame/embarrassment, lack of motivation, apathy, denial, lack of hope, lack of emotional support, lack of discipline, lifestyle, ignorance/lack of knowledge, blind faith in doctors & drugs, distrust in others, envy/jealousy, etc.

Which of the following apply to you or someone you know?

1. Ignorance: It's not your fault, but most diabetics lack the background to understand the science of diabetes. Therefore, you don't understand that diabetes has "weaknesses" that can be attacked with superior nutrition and other alternative therapies.

2. Respect/Blind Trust in Doctors: Most of us were raised to respect and trust our doctor, so it's difficult to go against what they say. I was the same way, until my daughter challenged me ...

3. Fear: It takes courage to fight a Boogeyman like Type 2 diabetes. It's easier to avoid the Boogeyman than to fight him. Fear causes inner terror that paralyzes us from taking action. Fear is fueled by self-doubt because we lack the knowledge of how to attack and defeat the Boogeyman.

Fear is probably the most powerful of all the dark emotions. Fear can manifest itself in may ways. You may fear going against your doctor; or, you may fear changing your diet; or, you may fear taking responsibility for your health and being accountable, etc. There are many other ways that fear can manifest itself.

With most diabetics, fear will keep you from changing. However, some diabetics may be motivated to change their diet because of the fear of losing a limb -- which is a good thing. But, this type of fear that motivates you in a positive way is not the norm for most people. 

4. Lack of Hope: When Hope is taken away, we "give in" to diabetes's "death" sentence. We believe that it's inevitable, so we give up and don't even want to try ...

5. Addiction: Many diabetics are addicted to the chemicals in the food that affect how they think and how they feel. Chemicals in food release dopamine and other brain chemicals similar to what happens with cocaine and heroin. Some diabetics also have cravings for specific foods, which, eventually, leads to food addiction.

6. Lack of Discipline: You have to be structured, organized and detailed-oriented -- most people aren't ...

7. Apathy/Lack of Motivation: You have to be motivated with a strong, burning desire to want to beat this disease -- you must have something to live for that's stronger than the disease. Unfortunately, most people lack the drive or motivation ...

8. Depression: When you lose hope, you may become depressed. If your body produces less serotonin (the feel-good hormone), this can also leave you felling depressed.

9. Convenience/Laziness: It's easier and more convenient to take a pill than it is to change one's diet and lifestyle. Eating fast food and junk food is more convenient.

10. Emotional Support: Some people don't have a support system or family that will help them.

11. Lack of Faith/Spirituality: Some people don't know how to tap into their Inner Spirit or don't believe in it.

12. Embarrassment/Ridicule: Sometimes the world around us (family, friends, doctors) make us feel ashamed about being diabetic and so we go into a shell. In some families, they don't talk about diabetes because of the guilt and shame associated with being diabetic. Ironically, this silence allows the disease to spread to other family members and generations.  In some cases , some diabetics don't want to face the embarrassment or ridicule if they should try to fight their disease and fail. Although I received a lot of invaluable encouragement from my family and friends, I was ridiculed by my endocrinologist. In fact, he threatened me when I continued to wean myself off the insulin! This is one of the reasons why emotional support is so important.

13. Other: There are other emotions and other reasons and factors, including the following: Stress, Anger, Envy/Jealousy,Feeling Overwhelmed, EnvironmentalFinancialIntellectual, Emotional, Occupational, Social, Cultural, etc.

Note: If you're not motivated to want to beat this disease, you'e not alone. You see, your emotions affect your diabetes; and, your diabetes affects your emotions! To further complicate matters, food affects your emotions; and, your emotions affect your food choices! It's a complex, vicious cycle, but, our program can help you break the cycle ...

FYI: The well-known dark side of diabetes (and other diseases) is the greediness of the medical and pharmaceutical industries to make billions of dollars by treating diseases with ineffective and toxic drugs instead of providing cures. But, we can't blame the medical and pharmaceutical industries for everything. :-) We have to take responsibility and get control over our own emotions; and, not let the medical and pharmaceutical industries continue to control us with their drugs.

Type 2 Diabetes and Your Emotions

Have you ever wondered why some diabetics are able to change their eating habits and lifestyle while others can't? 

As previously mentioned there are a lot of reasons for this, but, it is our dark emotions that control us on a subconscious level and prevent us from changing our eating habits and lifestyle.

So, don't beat yourself up -- we all struggle one way or another with our emotions, environment, family, work, etc.

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Note: Dealing with dark emotions can be very challenging especially since these emotions affect you on a subconscious level. As a result, you may not even be aware of how these emotions are controlling the way you think and feel; and, why you rationalize and fail to take action that would improve your health.

FYI: The author will be discussing these dark emotions and several coping strategies in a future article and on this website and on his Facebook Page.


Over a period of many years, Type 2 diabetes can affect almost every organ and tissue in your body.

It starts out slowly by causing damage to your cells, e.g. RBC, WBC, kidney, eye, heart, nerve, arterial, bone, skin, liver, fat, etc.

There are also vitamin and mineral deficiencies, e.g. Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, potassium, magnesium, CoQ10, etc.

And, after a period of years, this cell damage can lead to organ and tissue damage, e.g. kidneys, eyes, heart, brain, feet, etc. (see below for details).

Unfortunately, some diabetics believe that nothing can be done to stop the progression of diabetes leading to blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, gum disease, high blood pressure, or some of the other complications of having diabetes. This is called giving up (lack of hope) due to the lack of knowledge.

Other diabetics believe that they will not face blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, gum disease, high blood pressure, or some of the other complications of having diabetes. This is called denial.

Ironically, both of these scenarios eventually lead to blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, gum disease, high blood pressure, or some of the other complications of having diabetes. 

However, the first scenario can be addressed by providing the proper knowledge. The second scenario may require some one-on-one health coaching from the author, who understands what you're going through.

However, if you don't do anything, within 7-10 years, most diabetics begin to feel some discomfort, e.g. pain/numbness in the foot, eyesight problems, fatigue issues, weight gain, memory fog, etc.

In the meantime, the number of medications have continued to increase. Then, one day, most diabetics find out from their doctor that they have to go on insulin, or that their kidneys are failing or that their eyesight is failing and requires laser surgery, or some other health issue is occurring.

This may lead to diabetic complications such as retinopathy, neuropathy, ornephropathy.

 

The 12 Body Systems Affected by Diabetes

There are 12 major systems in the human body:  

circulatory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, respiratory, skeletal, reproductive, immune/lymphatic, muscularintegumentaryurinary, and ocular

As depicted in the following diagram, diabetes can have a major (negative) effect on multiple systems in your body.

In fact, Type 2 diabetes can eventually affect every one of the 12 major systems in the human body!

Unfortunately, because diabetes doesn't cause pain in many of these systems for years, there is no motivation to make dietary or lifestyle changes; and, as a result, the damage to the varioussystems goes undetected and ignored -- until it's too late ...

Impact of Type 2 Diabetes: 11 12 Body Systems -- Death to Diabetes

Consequently, because of the damage to multiple systems and organs/tissues, it becomes more difficult to manage and fight your diabetes.

FYI: A key indicator that the drugs aren't doing anything to stop the diabetes of progressing is the increase in the number of drugs. Most diabetics start out taking one drug (like metformin or Glucophage).

However, within 7-10 years, they end up taking additional drugs for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, kidney problems, thyroid problems, nerve/pain problems, eyesight/vision problems, etc.

But, the good news is that Type 2 diabetes can be better managed to control these problems -- but, only if you are willing to be proactive and take action, e.g. change diet, lifestyle, detox, etc.

Note: According to the Merck Medical Reference Manual, there are only 11 major systems in the human body. The ocular system is not included.

The Major Organs & Tissues Damaged from Diabetes

As depicted in the following diagram, Type 2 diabetes can eventually affect almost every major organ in your body.

Unfortunately, because diabetes doesn't cause pain in many of these organs for years, there is no  incentive to make dietary or lifestyle changes; and, as a result, the damage to the organs and related tissues goes undetected and ignored -- until it's too late ...

Unfortunately, most diabetics don't realize that diabetes will have a major impact on their finances, especially if they don't have good healthcare coverage.

And, even with good healthcare coverage, the financial impacts will still be significant because the medical costs will  increase as the diabetes gets worse.

For example, as the author discovered, even if you have great healthcare coverage, it doesn't cover the extra test strips, the extra medical tests, the extra drugs, some aspects of intensive care, post-op care, home care, hospice care, etc.

Diabetes is an expensive disease with estimated total annual costs due to diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. at $245 billion in 2012.

People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures ∼2.3 times higher than a person without diabetes. Indirect costs include increased absenteeism, reduced productivity while at work, inability to work because of disease-related disability, and lost productivity due to 277,000 premature deaths attributed to diabetes ($19.9 billion).

The annual medical cost for a person living with diabetes is $13,700of which about $7,900 is attributed to diabetes.

Most diabetics start out on one drug such as metformin (Glucophage). But, within 5-7 years, they are taking at least 3 drugs: one for the diabetes; another drug for high blood pressure; and another drug for high cholesterol.

And, as your diabetes continues to worsen and cause diabetic complications with your eyes, kidneys and feet, your bills for hospital visits, surgeries, and post-op care will also begin to rise. 

A typical in-patient stay in a hospital is about 5 days, and that may cost you over $10,000. This figure does not include major procedures, ambulance fees, or other charges. It should be easy for you to see how a short stay in the hospital may leave you and your family in a difficult financial situation.

Currently, your medical insurance may pay for most of your medical costs. But, over the past 5 years, medical insurance costs have continued to rise more than 70% while while medical coverage is decreasing by a rate of more than 21%. This has increased the patient's average out-of-pocket expenses for one hospital visit to $2,400.

Over a period of 25 years, diabetes will cost the average diabetic anywhere from $195,000 to $425,000, with out-of-pocket expenses of $96,000 to $221,000!

Although 67%-80% of the costs may be covered by healthcare insurance, diabetes is a very expensive disease to have. Initially, you may not feel the financial impact, but, as the disease progresses and more complications develop, the cost will continue to rise.

Diabetes Affects Many Organs & Tissues

If you are a spiritual person who believes in a Higher Power, diabetes will affect you spiritually and test your Faith.

Author Sidebar: I grew up in the Church, but, I must admit my Faith was surely tested after I recovered from the coma and left the hospital. The doctors basically told me that there wasn't much they could do. They told me that I would have to be on insulin and several other drugs for the rest of my life. And, they said that my health would continue to drastically deteriorate because "diabetes is a progressive disease that can't be stopped." I can't tell you the number of times I heard that ...

Luckily for me, my daughter, my sister, and my mother were there to take care of me when I got home from the hospital. There's no doubt that I wouldn't have beaten this disease without them.

I remember my mother telling that God had plans for me. She told me that God had guided me to become an engineer in Corporate America so that I could use that experience to beat this disease and help other people. 

But, I must admit, I had my doubts. Luckily, there were several accidents (my mother calls them "blessings") that renewed my Faith and guided me on my journey to a miraculous recovery.

Also, my mother reminded me that there are other ways to tap into your Inner Spirit to listen to God (versus what most of us do which is to pray to God), e.g. meditation.

Two of America's Dirty Secrets:

Medical Debt is the Number 1 cause of bankruptcy in the United States -- 643,000 people file for bankruptcy due to medical debt every year.

Medical Debt is also the Number 1 cause of people losing their home -- more than 346,000 people go homeless every year.

We don't expect that in the United States of America that someone is going to go bankrupt or lose their home because of medical debt. But, it happens every day -- 1700 times a day, 70 times every hour ...

Today, companies are putting more of the health insurance burden on the employee. And, health insurance companies are covering less while charging more for their services and drugs. But, the cost is even more if there are major complications (such as amputation and kidney dialysis) that lead to post-op care or hospice care.

For some people $175,000 may not seem like a lot of money spread out over 20-25 years. And, even if your insurance picks up 70% of the bill, you're still left with out-of-pocket expenses of $52,500 plus your monthly premiums.

Unless you are a millionaire, you may eventually feel the impact of the rising costs associated with diabetes, including the drugs, glucose monitors, glucose test strips, glucose lancets, doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, and post-op care.

It is important to understand that complications from diabetes may hinder your ability to earn a living. For example, if you are an airline pilot, you may lose your pilot license if you have to go on insulin.



 

 

 

 

Most people are aware that the diabetes drug Avandia is linked with tens of thousands of heart attacks, and the drug company GlaxoSmithKline knew of the risks for years but worked to keep them from the public, according to a Senate committee report.

What is ironic is that the beloved and popular cholesterol-lowering statin drugs — pretty much a guaranteed prescription if you have a heart attack — are increasingly being identified as a possible risk factor for Type 2 diabetes (which is what happened to the author who took Lipitor for years).

Not only that, if you already have diabetes, you are almost certain to end up on a statin drug along with a blood pressure drug.

But, there is hope. You can break the cycle and better manage your diabetes with a proper diet and daily exercise. Yes, it's hard -- it takes discipline, motivation, and help from your family.

Are You Ready to Better Manage Your Diabetes and Live a Better Life?

Are you ready to educate yourself about diabetes? Are you ready to live the life you were meant to live?

Whatever it takes, the important thing is to realize that there is hope. And, with hope, you can join other diabetics who have learned how to make better choices and liver a better quality of life. 

If you're ready, give us a call to answer your questions. or; get the Death to Diabetes book and begin educating yourself about diabetes and nutrition. 

 

Medical Debt: Number 1 Cause of Bankruptcy and Losing Your Home

Reference: ADA website

The cost of diagnosed diabetes was estimated in 2012 to be $245 billion, combining medical costs and reduced productivity, according to the American Diabetes Association. Hospital care accounted for nearly half of the $176 billion in direct medical care.

This figure represents a 41 percent increase over a five year period.

The study, Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012, addresses the increased financial burden, health resources used and lost productivity associated with diabetes in 2012. The study includes a detailed breakdown of costs along gender, racial and ethnic lines, and also includes a breakdown of costs on a state-by-state basis.


 

If you're ready to begin educating yourself about diabetes and how to better mange your diabetes, then, get the ex-diabetic engineer's book, Death to Diabetes.

If you have a juicer/blender or plan to get one, then, get his Power of Juicing ebook to get started.

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