I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1998. Though | was shocked at the time it should not have been a really big surprise. My family on my father’s side has been prone to diabetes depending on how well they took care of themselves. My paternal grandmother, a quite obese lady, died after being left blind by her diabetes type 2. An uncle died of a heart attack at age 49 possibly as the result of undiagnosed diabetes. And me - up until my 40s I was in good shape and slim and had no health issues. Then I got work that mostly was sitting down and typing and ordering in fast food for lunch and snacks. I pretty soon went up from my previous weight of around 180 lbs. to 230 lbs. i.e. obese. Then I started getting sexual problems and head aches and tiredness and my doctor had me do an hba1c test which came out at 8.4. So that was it. I had diabetes type 2.
I was determined to beat this thing without drugs and did quite a bit of research before launching on my personal regime. From the spring of 1998 to the fall of 2004 I was able to maintain perfect blood sugars including hba1cs below 5 by doing three things:
- Going for a brisk half hour walk immediately after each meal
- Restricting my carbs to ones that are low on the GI scale like barley, rye bread and beans
- Otherwise eating as healthy as possible i.e. avoiding red meat, eating plenty of fish and getting enough sleep every night.
Then I had a bit of a setback, I was waiting for a bus to go to work and woke up a couple of months later after being in a coma and rehab. I had a cardiac arrest witch can strike anyone unexpectedly and affects about 500,000 Americans every year,.
The next two years I had to focus on winning back my brain which had been severely damaged. When that was in order I could go back to focusing on my diabetes.
My latest hba1c was 7.1 which was not perfect but with walking and a drug my doctor prescribed to increase my insulin production, Glyberide, I have a pretty positive outlook.
And I am back to eating barley instead of rice, rye bread and roasted squash instead of potatoes.