I should start out by saying that Type-2 diabetes may not have so much “come after me” as I let it take control of me. Unlike Type-1 diabetes, where there are those that must unfortunately battle this disease daily with medication injections such as Insulin, the goal of maintaining and defeating Type-2 diabetes, is very possible and attainable. I had to find out the hard way though.
Exactly a year ago I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes through a routine blood screen. As fate would have it, I lost my insurance not soon after. From that time on, until I regained some health coverage, the symptoms started to appear. I could not quench my thirst, my eyesight would show various degrees of blurriness, and I was feeling tired and unmotivated. And these were just a few of the symptoms.
After stubbornly “dealing” with these for 10 months, I was finally admitted into the ER, due to chest pain and weakness, where they proceeded to run every blood test imaginable. I was also admitted as an extra precaution due to the fact that I also have coronary artery disease.
Two days later while still in the hospital, I was told my fasting blood sugar level was over 450 mg/dl, and my A1C level was an amazing 12.6%. The A1C measures your average blood sugar level over a three month period.
Keep in mind that according to the American Diabetes Association, normal fasting blood sugar levels should be less than 100 mg/dl, and a normal A1C level should be less than 5.7%.
Now that I was diagnosed with full on Type-2 diabetes, I was quickly given insulin and oral medications to lower my blood sugar. I was also taught about insulin and how to measure, load a syringe, and inject myself. Now I have no fear of needles, but I did not like the thought of being “chained” to medications that I would not need if I had only made wiser health choices. With that in mind, I asked a million questions, and set about my own research. And it paid off.
Once getting home, I immediately organized my eating habits. Not only by reducing unnecessary carbohydrates and sugars, but by the schedule of my meals. Especially adding more fruits and vegetables. I also started becoming more active. Who am I kidding, I had some weight to lose anyway.
I am proud to say, because of just these small immediate changes, my blood sugar level never increased once leaving the hospital(which meant no need for the insulin injections) and just two weeks later, I had to stop taking my Glimepiride due to the medication dropping my blood sugar too low.
While I know everyone is different, there are universal things we can control, such as our diet, our habits(smoking), increased activity(walking or chair exercises), and eating schedule.
So for those facing the battle with Type-2 diabetes, it can be won, I am living proof.