My type 2 diabetes has made me healthier.
I've always been interested in nutrition, but not as good as I should be at following a good diet. Then, in December, 2005, at 51, I got the news: Fasting Glucose of 190, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and high cholesterol. I had become part of a group of people I never wanted to be in: those who let themselves go.
Losing eyesight, a limb, and having a preventable heart attack are unacceptable to me. So, having diabetes was the biggest diet motivator ever. I knew what I had to do, and did it. Here's my plan:
* Low Glycemic Index diet, all the time
* Lots more veggies and fruits
* Lots of nutritious soups - easy ones I make at home
* Consuming more fat (good fat ONLY, that is), and fewer carbs
* Increased exercise, including finding ways to WALK places, even long distances when possible (e.g., always pick the parking place farthest from the store entrance)
* Taking meds prescribed by my doctor (which are now being phased out)
* Taking vitamins, fish oil capsules, fenugreek seed, biotin, slow niacin
* Testing my sugar 3 - 4 times a day, and experimenting with foods, with a goal of finding out what I can and cannot handle
What are my results?
* I feel better, and look better than I have in years.
* I lost weight slowly - about 1 - 2 pounds a month, without thinking about it, because a low Glycemic Index diet just does that painlessly.
* My numbers are all near or below normal:
- Weight 185 (from 205)
- A1C: 5 (from about 8.5)
- Fasting glucose: 90 (from 190)
My type 2 diabetes is now undetectable with the usual tests. Blood sugar after meals never goes over 140. Interestingly, when I occasionally eat a sweet desert, my body does OK with it...no serious spikes in blood sugar. In fact my doctor is now experimenting with progressively decreasing my Metformin dosage.
I'm convinced that for at least some of us, taking nutrition, exercise, and weight seriously can keep our type 2 at bay. I am healthier, happier, and look better than I have in years!