Icyou's consulting physician, Dr. Mona Khanna give straight talk to a person recently diagnosed with diabetes.
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Dr. P. Mona Khanna: So we have the results of your blood test and basically now I have to diagnose you with diabetes. Unfortunately, we didn't diagnose you and the prediabetes condition because I didn't have the opportunity to see you. But now you have diabetes. And I have to tell you the first thing is you need to take this seriously. You may have been able to eat what you want and live indiscriminately and not exercise but those days are gone. Because you have diabetes, now you actually have to pay attention to your body, you have to diet, you're going to have to exercise, I want you to get your weight down, I want you to get into a fighting condition. I don't need you to go out and be the heavyweight champion of the world. But the fact that you have diabetes now means that your health is seriously at risk and we are going to have to work together and do something about it. The first thing is we are going to have to take some that weight off. I know you have not paid a lot of attention in the past of what you eat or exercising, that's going to have to change now. Let me tell you really quick before we go into more detail why it has to change. If you don't change, if you don't start to watch your diet, if you don't start to exercise, this is what you can look forward to. You can look forward to having your kidneys being damaged by the high blood sugar levels in your blood. Those sugar levels are going to get to the extend where your kidneys are going to be so damaged. At some point, they are not going to be able to function by themselves at all and we'll have to take you over to dialysis. You'll have to get your blood cleaned out by a machine three or four times a week. That's what will happen to your kidneys. Let me tell you now also that diabetes patients often times have heart problems. The reason for that is because some of the nerves get damaged when your sugar levels are so high in your blood. You can't feel twinges of discomfort and pain in your chest that other patients might be able to feel because there have blocked arteries or something else going on in your heart. Because of that, you will be at risk then for developing more advanced arthrosclerosis, which is plaques blocked arteries in your heart, which can then lead to heart attacks. In fact, many patients that have massive heart attacks and die at the scene, they had diabetes, they just don't know what was going on with their heart. The other things that you have to look forward to in a life time of diabetes if you don't control it, is eye damage, which will ultimately lead to blindness. You may develop macula degeneration, you may develop a damage to your retina, and that is what will potentially lead to blindness. If you don't control your blood sugar, the symptoms that you will have that tell you that your eyes being damaged is you'll have blurry vision. You may not be able to read as well as you did before, you may not be able to see far distances, and that's telling you that the sugar is affecting the functionality of your eye. The other thing that will happen is that you will have damage to your nerves and your whole body, your hands, your arms, your legs, and it will become so painful that at some point, you may or may not be able to walk then we need to put you in a wheelchair, that's called peripheral neuropathy. Also with uncontrolled diabetes, you have a lifetime of slow healing infections and that is a problem because if you don't notice what's going on in your body, you don't notice that you have infections on your feet, on your legs, you may get to the point where you need to have those particular body parts amputated. So unfortunately, that's what you have to look forward to if you don't control the blood sugar levels.