How I Dealt With The News Of Diabetes
Why not depressed?
The answer? I don’t have time to be depressed.
Now for the questions, after talking to a coworker about the topic of diabetes and how to try to control it, I was told that multiple people that she has known who are diabetics, after finding out they were went into a small or deep depression. Lost within yourself
I was told that I was the first person that they have known that found out and just went right into getting things done as normal, and then the question came – how do you do it? The answer came as a surprise, “I don’t have the time to be depressed over something that I can control”.
Basically what it came down to is knowing that this is something that can be controlled by both eating correctly and exercise. Armed with this knowledge the first thing I decided to do was to make a life change decision of eating what I did just smaller portion and cut out the carbs. Staying focused on this mission plus the high stress levels of dealing with work and home life I don’t have the luxury of thinking about living with this disease, this left me no other option but to get the levels down and keep it there.
Diet change and exercise – Lost 25 pounds in 30 days:
The disease of diabetes is a life changing one, and the best I can do is use a diet and exercise. First thing that had to be done was to become educated, so I started by attending a class on what foods to avoid completely and what can be had in moderation. So in short, moderation I eat almost everything I did before but much less and supplement that with lots of veggies and lots of exercise.
Coming from a Caribbean background and eating foods completely different from a normal American person, I now had to figure out how the different foods we eat would be broken down and how much of the carbs I need to cut. One of the biggest things to cut was the use of rice, breads and anything made with flour such as roti. For a Caribbean born person this is a big deal because we grew up on a lot of rice.
After talking to a friend who is also diabetic at an early age, the wife and I became more sorted in what and how much can be had and at what time. This meant that now the rice was nearly all gone and the roti was a lot less.
Not only was this a struggle for me when it comes to food but it also was a struggle for my wife who now had to figure out what to cook on a daily basis for us. It was very frustrating at first until we both learnt how to read labels of the foods we consumed and learnt how to average the total amount of carbs in each meal. Her being a smart woman grasp the concept fast and soon she was on her way to trying new meals. Now she’s a pro at this and we are living the low carb diet (she still has some high carbs stuff on occasion when I’m not looking).
With the job I do, I tend to sit for long hours at a desk in an office staring at the computer, as such I became a couch potato. At the end of the work day when I get home I was so tired all I wanted to do was my basic chores, have dinner, watch the news and some tv and go to bed. Rinse and repeat daily for years and this is where it starts to add up.
After finding out about the high level of my A1C (blood glucose over 3 month period), we all knew what was next, had to get off my fat (189-190 lbs) ass and start exercising. So naturally I followed the wife now who work out daily on the treadmill but I added a little something different to my workout day. Instead of sitting at work all day and then coming home to exercise, I would instead take a 1 mile walk around our work campus at 11am daily. This way a little way of getting the most out of my 15 mins (actually about 16-17 mins) break and keeping healthy. Additionally, as soon as i got home from work, I would also do a 1.5-3 mile walk on the treadmill.
This little bit of exercise and a change in diet allowed me to drop about 1lb of body weight per day for the first 30 days. Only time will tell how low I can go and how much I can keep off.
Test, Test, Test:
For the first two weeks to get a baseline on how much each meal was causing my blood glucose level to raise, I had to test before and after each meal (a total of 6+ times daily). After the initial baseline I was able to gather the information needed to make a decent judgement on how each of my meal would affect my levels, so now the test has gone from all three meals daily to only before breakfast (fasting overnight), after breakfast (2 hours) and dinner. This is because after the initial baseline I can safely gauge where i am at based on how my body feels.
So in the end, I can safely say to anyone who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Don’t be afraid, it’s here to stay you just have to educate yourself and be proactive on what you do to control it. It can be controlled with medication, diet and exercise.
Lets all get educated don’t wait for this to happen before you make that decision, don’t do like I did. Go forward and eat healthy and put that 3+ miles per day simple walking in and get fit.