I don’t know how it happened. I just looked up and all of a sudden, here I am. I’m that guy in that commercial. Damn!
I can’t even remember the drugs advertised and maybe it’s for the best, too. These days, as quickly as they push something they say helps a particular ailment, in the next breath they’re promoting a lawyer that can sue for the perceived and expected harm that the drug has caused. So far, so good though; I haven’t seen such cautionary prohibitive appeals for Diabetes.
A few years back, I read something of interest about the prevalence of Type I Diabetes, formerly called juvenile, among members of the African-American community. We’re 1.7 times more likely to have it than non-white Hispanics and today, 13.2% of African-Americans over the age of 20 have been diagnosed with the disease. But what they were talking about then was this sneaky, easy-to-slip-into condition known as prediabetes.
Certain risk factors determine if you’re more susceptible to prediabetes. These include being African-American, Asian-American, Native American, Pacific Islander or Hispanic/Latino, over the age of 45 years old, have a family history of diabetes, being overweight and sedentary, have high blood pressure or taking meds for it, had diabetes during pregnancy, have low HDL cholesterol or have contracted PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
According to the American Diabetes Association, you can have Prediabetes and not know it because there are no clear symptoms associated with it. One develops prediabetes before type II diabetes when their blood glucose levels rise to a level higher than normal but not so high as to be classified as fully having the ailment.
Personally, my trouble started by not going to the gym as much as I’d done in the past after my back injury; that and a life-long love affair with all things chocolate. Thinking about my many misadventures with Entenmann’s Chocolate Fudge Cake (don’t ask and I won’t tell); I add some slight hypertension to the mix and all in all, I’m nothing but a big walking risk factor.
And the point is, so too are many of us; we’re all cut from that same bolt of cloth. Doctors, lawyers, Indian Chiefs, actors, athletes; it makes no difference. Any of us can fall victim to prediabetes if we’re not careful. All it takes is a little mismanagement; a couple more scoops of ice cream, that extra slice of chocolate cake. And before you know it; you’re that guy or that girl and wondering how in the hell you got to where you are.
If you’re over 45, get a blood test to check your sugar levels to be sure!