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Undetected (or Why I HATE Diabetes)

Undetected

 

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

(Rubin).

 

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.

 

WORKS CITED:

“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

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