It came unbidden, circling its prey.
Silent. Unwelcome. Undetected.
It slunk in the shadows, biding its time.
Stealthy. Patient. Undetected.
It whispered sweet lies, tightening the noose.
Deadly. Insidious. Undetected.
It dizzied her at dawn, seizing control.
Vengeful. Hateful. Undetected.
It methodically ravaged, snatching her youth.
Savage. Sadistic. Undetected.
It kept her sad secrets, clouding her vision.
Determined. Destructive. Undetected.
It appeared in the open, mocking her tears.
Brutal. Dangerous. Diabetes.
Diabetes. It is a common, though often misunderstood, disease in which the body
doesn’t produce or correctly use insulin; insulin is a hormone needed to convert food into energy.
20.8 million Americans have diabetes, but roughly one-third are unaware of the condition that is
slowly, but surely, destroying their bodies (diabetes.org).
My mother had diabetes for many years without treatment. She noticed “little” things
that she attributed to stress and the aging process. Her vision gradually worsened and she was
tired, but figured everyone was. And then her feet started to bother her; blisters didn’t seem to
heal. She thought one toe might be black or blue. Was it bruised? Her poor vision made it
difficult to accurately assess the situation; denial and fear made it even harder. It was gangrene.
As it turned out, she endured two amputations and lost her vision altogether. Her life was
forever changed because her condition was “undetected.”
Don’t let this happen to you or your loved ones. Wounds that aren’t healing properly and
vision problems require a doctor’s visit. Other symptoms to watch for include: frequent
urination, feeling tired and cranky, losing weight without effort, and excessive thirst and
hunger. You run the risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you don’t exercise, are overweight, or
have family members with the disease (Type 2 Diabetes). Smoking can also increase your risk
But even with a diagnosis of diabetes, people can–and do–live long, healthy lives. A
dear family friend has type 2 diabetes but caught it early. Despite being in his late eighties and
having a ferocious sweet tooth, he exercises daily and monitors his diet and blood sugar. He is
vital, healthy, and productive. Early detection and proper management are key. Lying dormant
and “undetected,” diabetes becomes a thief and a killer, but you don’t have to be a victim. Talk
to a healthcare professional about your risk factors and symptoms today.
“All About Diabetes.” diabetes.org. American Diabetes Association. 17 Aug. 2007 http://www.diabetes.org
“Type 2 Diabetes.” diabetes.webmd 03 Oct. 2005. webmd 17 Aug. 2007 http://www.diabetes.webmd.com/tc/type-2-diabetes-topic-overview
Rubin, Alan. Diabetes for Dummies