Monday, August 31, 2009

Cold, Hard Mortality Facts on People with Diabetes

According to the Diabetic Information Clearing House, diabetes is more than high blood sugar:

Diabetics are twice as likely to die at a given age than non diabetics.

Diabetics are 2-4 times as likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to a non diabetic.

80% of diabetics will die of a heart attack or stroke

75% of diabetics have high blood pressure

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the age group 20-74

Diabetes is the leading cause of Kidney failure in the US

About 70% of diabetics have or will develop damage to their nervous systems including pain or numbness in the feet and erectile dysfunction among others

Diabetes is the leading cause of amputations, about 60% of all amputations in the US

One Third of diabetics will have severe gum disease

Diabetics are more likely to die from pneumonia and the flu than non diabetics

On average, diabetes will cut about 10-15 years off the normal lifespan of an individual.

Managing blood sugar alone will not prevent these complications from developing, although it will help.

Most of these complications arise from the oxidative stress and excess acidity diabetics live with.

This means that a shortage of antioxidants in the body allows free radicals to attack cells, tissues and organs in the body. Free radicals are the waste products of burning oxygen for fuel in the body. Free radicals are missing one electron in their atomic structure and will attack healthy cells to get the missing electron, thereby damaging or destroying the victimized cell. This can cause the cell to malfunction or die.

Acidity refers to the Ph level of the blood. Most people, including diabetics have too much acid in their bloodstream. This encourages the growth of disease producing microbes and can physically damage sensitive tissues such as the lining of the blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke.

Diabetic complications can be prevented by controlling blood sugar and by alkalizing your diet, exercise, herbal and nutritional supplements and by regular prayer or meditation.

You can get more information on how to do this here:

For more information or a private consultation, please contact:

Bill Young
Nutritional Therapy Coach

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