What does it mean when someone says they have their diabetes under control?

I love it when I hear somebody say that they have their diabetes under control. That's a really amazing achievement, and it's definitely something to celebrate. The reason why this is so important and significant is because diabetes can be very challenging for some people to understand, and to get under control.

Let's start with a quick summary of what we're talking about when we talk about diabetes. Basically, diabetes refers to your body's inability to regulate the amount of sugar in its system. More specifically, it essentially means that your pancreas, which happens to be an organ inside your body, is NOT producing something called insulin. Insulin is essentially a hormone that helps the cells within your body to allow the sugar that's flowing through your veins to go into the cells, to be used for energy.

In a more simplistic way of looking at it, diabetes basically means that a person has the potential to die, or to have their limbs cut off because of infection. Yeah, it can be that serious.

So needless to say, it's incredibly exciting and meaningful when a person says that they've got their diabetes under control. What that basically means is that this is a person who has finally realized that they cannot continually eat candy bars and drink sugary soda pop all day long. In other words, this is a person who is taking the food they eat seriously. Now, don't get me wrong, people who have their diabetes under control can still enjoy life, it's not like you can never eat a candy bar again.

It also however, means that an individual is probably doing a lot more exercise than they've ever done in their life. Here again, people sometimes have a tendency to get frightened whenever they see the word exercise. They imagine a grueling workout that's going to take hours of their day, and that won't really fit into their daily schedule.

The simple fact of the matter is that something as simple as taking a 45 minute walk two or three times a week can have a dramatic impact on one's diabetic health. So whenever we hear somebody say they've got their diabetes under control, in means that they're taking the steps necessary to be accountable for their overall health and wellness.

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