You may have noticed based on the date of this blog post, that there has been a gap in my writing. The reasons for the delay, are several. Mostly it has been due to issues with my Word Press blog. I finally found someone who was able to help me sort out the technical difficulties, but during that time I was unable to post any new blog posts. In addition to this issue, I was still dealing with the wait for my inheritance, and a new issue came up.
On my mom’s side of the family, I have a massive family history of diabetes. All my dad’s side of the family there’s also a family history of diabetes, though not as severe. In addition, on my mom’s side of the family there is a history of pancreatic cancer. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I also lost a fiancé who had type I diabetes. Watching what my mom went through, during the last few years of life, I knew it was there import to have regular testing for diabetes.
On July 1, I went into the doctor to get my annual blood results, and got the news. Although my fasting blood sugar was only 98, my A1C result was 6.5. In basic terms, this is like having over a 3 month time period, an average of 140. Think of the A1 C test as being like a three-month long movie, while a fasting blood sugar test is a snapshot. Since my fasting blood sugar was well under 140, that means I was having readings well above 140 during the three months prior to the blood test.
Since I have so much family history, my doctor regularly did the A1C test as well as the fasting blood sugar. This means I went from being non diabetic to early stage of diabetes in a very short period of time, completely skipping over the prediabetic stage. This was a very scary time for me. I have watched diabetes cause so much damage in so many members of my family and contribute to early death in some cases, that the thought of having the condition myself really was an emotional upheaval.
In addition to dealing with the emotional changes, I had to radically change how I eat, work on getting more exercise, and learn everything I could about diabetes. I found out that even though I knew a fair bit already, there was so much more to learn especially in the new research. Others in chocolate which is always been my nemesis, I really was not much of a sweets eater. I found out that actually it was a starchy carbohydrates in my diet that were the main issue.
Most food can be broken up into three primary categories, fats, protein, and carbohydrates. However, not all carbohydrates are the same. Simple carbohydrates such as sugar and starch, are easily digested and turned into glucose very quickly. Complex carbohydrates, especially fiber, slow down the rate of digestion and are very crucial for healthy diet for everyone including those who have diabetes.
Most of the recommendations for controlling blood sugar actually benefit everyone. The diabetic has to be even more careful with how much starch he or she is consuming, than a person who is non diabetic, but a healthy diet is crucial to anyone wanting to have a healthier body.
In addition to controlling their blood sugar, my doctor wanted me to lose 20 pounds in the next three months. By following her recommendations and adding others based on my research, I started the journey.
As I go through this journey of dealing with the Big D, I will be sharing it with you. I hope that you learn new things along the way, and especially if you have been diagnosed with type II diabetes or are at risk for type II diabetes, that my journey to help you as well. I may also share something about type I diabetes, but that’s in many ways the years a bit different than type II and far rarer so most of the stuff I will be covering all have to do with type II diabetes.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Update, since in a period of about 9 months I lost over 80 lbs, I completely reversed my diabetes, at least for now. Probably added another 15 or 20 years to my life.