While medications can be helpful in certain situations, recent studies show that they come with a high cost. Certain classes of medications can be harmful for long-term use. Considering that diabetes is a condition that takes a lot of time to develop, managing it is not a quick fix either.
Medication Exhausts The Pancreas
Sulphonylurea medications, used to manage longer standing cases of diabetes, can exacerbate pancreatic function by forcing it to produce insulin. Over time, the pancreas becomes exhausted and stops producing insulin. If that occurs, then the need for insulin medication becomes a necessity. Sulphonylurea medications have also been seen shown to decrease lifespan.
Other classes of medications, like thiazolidinediones, have been found to cause cardiac problems like heart attacks and congestive heart failure. This is aside from the common side effects of symptoms like abdominal pain that is seen with other medications.
Medication Alone Will Not Save You
A vicious cycle can start when a person thinks that medication alone will take care of diabetes. Once a diagnosis of diabetes is made, most people are told they will have diabetes for the rest of their lives. If they keep up the habits that got them to diabetes in the first place, then they are assuring themselves to be diabetic for the rest of their lives.
By continuing to eat a high carbohydrate, high fat and highly processed diet, you continue to promote high blood sugar levels which will need to be managed medically.
If they keep up the habits that got them to diabetes in the first place, then they are assuring themselves to be diabetic for the rest of their lives. If they continue to eat a high carbohydrate, high fat and highly processed diet then they are continuing to promote maintenance of high blood sugar levels that need to be managed medically.
If people maintain their sedentary lives, they never give their bodies the chance to be healthy. They are perpetuating the cycle of disease that will require more amounts and types of medications to manage the symptoms of diabetes. It’s a downward spiral for ill health that worsens over time.
A False Sense of Good Health
The problem with medication is that it gives people a false sense of not needing to or not being able to make a change on their own to improve their health.
That is simply not true.
There are many ways a person can make a healthy choice versus an unhealthy one. A person diagnosed with diabetes can take matters into his or her own hands by choosing a vegetable over a candy bar, a walk with a friend instead of sitting together, or a high fiber cereal as opposed to a high sugar pastry. Any time throughout the day can be a point of change.
This is not to say that medications do not play an important role in the management of diabetes. There are situations where people have been walking around with undiagnosed diabetes that have extremely high blood sugar levels and are putting themselves at risk of a diabetic coma.
Those are not the people that will see a quick change in their health by making short lasting lifestyle changes. However, over time, they can see a reduction in their medication dosage if they start making healthier choices. They can experience less side effects from a lower dose of medication that can support their new healthy lifestyle.
Ultimately, for someone to avoid taking medications, he or she needs a complete transformation in lifestyle. An overhaul of day-to-day activities to include more movement and fresher foods can be the link to longevity and quality of life.
I Wish You Good Health,