The Rising Tide of Diabetes & Its Consequences in America

The Rising Tide of Diabetes & Its Consequences in America

Diabetes is growing at an alarming rate among Americans, affecting more than 8% of the population today compared to just 1% in the 1950s. That’s 25.8 million people, with most suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) also points out another 79 million pre-diabetics in the U.S.

One serious consequence of uncontrolled diabetes is Diabetic Neuropathy (DN), a disorder where blood vessels and nerves become damaged due to high blood glucose levels. The risk rises with age and the length of time an individual has diabetes.

DN manifests in two broad categories:

  • Peripheral Neuropathy (PN): Leads to loss of sensation, tingling, and difficulty in daily tasks. PN is a leading cause of non-traumatic amputations.
  • Autonomic Neuropathy (AN): Affects internal organs causing digestive issues, urinary retention, sexual dysfunction, and more.

Treatment remains a challenge, with existing therapies not fully effective. Solutions range from strict blood glucose control, analgesics, anticonvulsants, stem cells, and other alternative treatments.

Nutritional Strategies in Management: Nutrients are vital in managing symptoms, including:

  • B-Vitamins: Essential for nerve health.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Aid in nerve function.
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Improves the symptoms of PN.
  • Vitamin D: Essential for nerve growth.
  • Magnesium: Vital in nerve function.
  • Turmeric: Contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric may help reduce pain and slow the progression of nerve damage, supporting overall nerve health.

But prevention is always better than cure, and the key lies in maintaining normal blood glucose levels. Elevated levels can lead to vascular dysfunction, narrowing blood vessels, and even irreversible glycation, leading to more serious problems.

The message is clear: Maintain tight control over your blood glucose levels through proper monitoring and adherence to your treatment plan. Let's act responsibly and promote awareness, empowering millions to live healthier lives.

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