I am writing this article about the last year or so since I have been diagnosed with Diabetes.
I would like to discuss some of my experiences with you, in order to help you through what I know can be a difficult situation. As well as the results I was able to accomplish.
First of all, I want to talk about starting all of the medications. I mean really! It is way more medicine than I ever thought I would be taking, ever in my life. I started off taking injections and pills for insulin, and pills for my other issues that I was diagnosed with at the same time. Let’s just say overwhelming is a word that is descriptive, but at times does not even come close to reality in describing the situation.
Over the course of the first several weeks, I was able to get my blood sugar levels under control, and when I did, I was able to stop having to do the insulin injections, this just left the pill form. During this time, I was always hungry. Unfortunately this is a side effect of the medication, and it resulted in me gaining weight. As more time passed, my body readjusted to it’s new regime, and the weight gain slowed down some.
I still maintained having discussions with my medical support staff, and found out that I was “feeding the medicine.” Again, one of the pills I was taking, was causing me to have to eat sugar, in order to avoid crashing about 2 hours after taking the medicine. Well, the result? I was able to stop taking another pill. Again, this is improvement in my situation, it just has been a long road to walk to get to this point. By this time, I basically plateaued on my weight gain, (finally, only 15 pounds later).
I am still worrying about all of the related conditions for this disease. Things like the tingles, that you get from time to time in your fingers, toes, and other places. Did you know that this is a sign of Diabetes progressing? What it could mean? That this disease is harder to control if you get sick, like with the cold or flu. Then there are possible memory lapses, confusion, and other issues. Seriously, what is up with this disease? Focusing on any of the side effects, will make your head spin.
I talked with my coworkers about the issue and friends as well. Apparently everyone but me, have close friends or family that has this disease, as well as stories about how to deal with it. Again, no real consistency there either. Just a lot more information overload.
I found out that fat in your diet has a significant impact on how effective insulin, the stuff made by your pancreas and the stuff that is injected. To the tune of up to 40% less effective. Well, changing my diet was a necessity, and I still have to be careful about managing my eating habits.
Over the past month or so, the scale has told me that I have lost weight, (4 pounds according to it), I will take that and try to continue with the weight loss.
Have there been other issues with this disease, yes, but they will be topics for other articles that I write. My hope is that you will read this, and take away, that you have to be active in managing this disease, as there is no cure yet. Once you have it, there is no turning back you have to deal with it. Get help, stay on top, and be the healthiest you that you can be.