Learn about the consequences of diabetes and how they can be prevented.
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Speaker: Take it seriously! Joseph: Diabetes is a very serious disease. Jim: If it’s in a bad way like I was when I had that half of foot amputation, we need to do it now. Jamie: If I could go back I certainly would have been the absolutely most perfect diabetic. Wende: Most people do not realize how serious of a disease that it is. Speaker: If your doctor tells you that you have diabetes and do something about it. Jim: Your options are to choose now and to recognize that there is a way to remain healthy for longer periods of time and enjoy your life. It is about the quality of life and how much time you can stress that out to be. Speaker: Diabetes is a serious illness. If you don't respect this fact, you may have serious consequences. High blood sugar is harmful, over time blood vessels may become damaged causing problems throughout your body. One of the challenges in human nature is that when everything is fine, people aren't experiencing symptoms and they take things for granted. Even though they have been told of the warning signs, told of the danger, they don't take action to change their course until it is too late. The information in this next section is designed to help you avoid trouble, to take action while there is still time. Sometimes when you go over the edge, you can't go back. The time for change is right now. It’s important to also to be able to see the signs to recognize where you are and what you need to do. Ask a person with diabetes who has lost a limb or lost their sight, what they would give to get it back. Many would give you almost anything. You have the chance right now to make the right choice. Follow a diabetic diet as outlined by your dietitian and as reviewed in this video. Exercise regularly to achieve and maintain an ideal body weight. But please, have your physician access your health prior to beginning any exercise program. With diet and exercise you can keep your body as healthy as possible.