MOST people think the worst fizzy drinks can do is cause tooth decay or weight gain.
However, it turns out the sugary drinks can have a horrifying effect on other parts of the body – as proven by Mohd Razin Mohamed.
The former telecommunications engineer, 56, from Kuala Lumpur, nearly lost his arm after developing Type 2 diabetes a result of his addiction to fizzy drinks.
Mohd would not even go a day without having at least two fizzy drinks or more, usually while on his lunch break at work.
And he even passed out once as a result of his high-sugar diet.
He said: “I would drink so much of the sugary drinks that on three occasions I fainted at work.”
Soon after discovering he had Type 2 diabetes, Mohd found a huge boil on his back.
The boil would not heal and gradually became worse over time – with it expanding to the size of his hand.
However, by the time he checked into his local hospital in Sungai Buloh, in the city of Selangor in Malaysia, medics could see the bone underneath.
It’s no longer about having regrets, at the end of the day I brought this on myself by having too much sugar
Mohd Razin Mohamed
Concerned, doctors rushed him for emergency surgery that involved cutting away the skin that had become infected.
Medics were also forced to drain away from the pus from the boil and put Mohd on an intensive course of antibiotics.
Eventually doctors confirmed that the former telecommunications engineer would not lose his arm after getting skin grafts.
However, he is no longer able to work as he cannot move the limb properly.
What is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of the disease – accounting for between 85 and 95 per cent of all cases, according to Diabetes UK.
It develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin.
It can also be triggered when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly.
Typically, people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes from the age of 40, but there are some exceptions.
In people from southern Asia the disease can appear as early as 25.
And the condition is becoming more prevalent in children and teenagers of all ethnicities.
Experts suggest the rising rates of type 2 diabetes is due to the obesity epidemic – a key cause of type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes can be treated with drugs, and many people can reverse their condition by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
On November 22, 2018, it was revealed that there are nearly 7,000 children and young adults under the age of 25 with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales.
That’s almost ten times higher than the previously reported number, according to Diabetes UK.
The Obesity Health Alliance said it was “hugely concerning” to see so many young people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
More on diabetes
He also has back pain caused by the fact that the skin is tighter on one side than the other, pulling him constantly to one side.
Part of the treatment involved medicine that can regulate his body’s sugar content, and he has promised doctors to slash the amount of sweet stuff he consumes so his problems do not return.
He said: “It’s no longer about having regrets, at the end of the day I brought this on myself by having too much sugar.”
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