I wish to tell you about my voyage of overcoming type 2 diabetes and the hopes of beating it in the long term.
I was 39 years old, and I realized I gained a lot of weight over the years from poor eating habits, poor diet, and especially lack of physical activity. I am about 5’5” and my weight reached as high as 253 lbs. I would go to the doctor and they would tell me I was at risk for type 2 diabetes. I ignored them and refused to believe that I was at risk… DENIAL! I changed doctors and chose a doctor that was tough on me, which I definitely needed that at the time. This doctor was tired of asking me to get my labs done to determine what my A1C was. He told me that if I did not get my labs done that he would not refill my prescriptions any further. He was bluffing, but I did abide. He told me to follow up but I delayed and delayed and then he stopped sending messages through his nurse and he called me himself. I did not do those things because I refused to believe that there is a possibility that I may have type 2 diabetes. I went for my follow up and it turned out that indeed I did have type 2 diabetes. I was devastated and I felt like a failure. I started to think to myself how can diabetes type 2 be cured, or if it could be cured. I would check my and my results were high blood glucose levels. I did research online discussed it with my wife and close friends and family and we decided that something needed to be done.
I weighed 253 lbs!!! I was beyond myself. When in high school I weighed between 119 and 125 lbs and while in the Navy I weighed 150 lbs. I was disappointed in myself. I decided to start walking during my lunch at work. I would walk about 1 1/4 miles per day. I then started to climb stairs every day during my 2 breaks. I would climb about 21 to 25 flights of stairs depending on the day. I made significant progress I managed to drop my weight from 253 lbs. to about 210 lbs. I was pleased but not thoroughly happy with the results.
I continued with my regimen for about a year and a half. I plateaued at 210 lbs. then I tweaked my knee and I stopped walking and climbing. Shortly after that, I slipped on some black ice on my front stairs at my Chicago apartment. I ended up tearing my rotator cuff on my right shoulder. I thought it would go away with time and I did not go to the doctor for about 6 months. I finally went to the doctor and it was determined I needed to have surgery. I did and it was the most painful experience of my life. In total, I did not do any physical activity for about a year which included my surgery and recovery. After I returned to near 100%. I recommenced walking and climbing stairs after my weight reached 225 lbs. Over that year or so.
I avoided going to the doctor as much as possible. I did not want to believe that I was at risk for diabetes type 2. Worse of all that I had it. I refused to accept it. Then my doctor told me of the necessity. I then listened to him and my wife that told me I needed to rule out the chance if it is at all possible. It was tough to accept the truth.
The frustration of checking blood glucose
I discovered that I am a wimp when it comes to pricking myself with lancets. As tiny as those darn needles are THEY HURT!!! I would check my fasting blood glucose level and it was high regularly.
What worked for me
I decided that I need to do something and not let my health get any worse. I needed to get off the couch and see what I can do to attempt to reverse my diagnosis. I decided to start walking once again, except more vigorously and on a 6-7 days a week. I also changed my eating habits/diet. I went to a new doctor and weight was 207 lbs. When I went back to her 6 months later my weight was down to 175 lbs and my A1C was very low as if I were never diagnosed. She took me off the diabetes medication right away and also cut my dosage to blood pressure medicine in half. I suppose you can say that for me the question “can diabetes type 2 be cured” is yes, however, I need to maintain the same lifestyle as I currently have for it to sustainable.
What I would recommend
I am not an expert and nor will I ever make that claim. What I will say is that I am living proof that making the lifestyle change from eating a poor diet with unstable hours and being a couch potato made health deteriorate and made me feel horrible via self-esteem and physically. I love how I feel today. I feel healthy and I feel more energetic and I am happier. I’m not gonna lie and tell you everyday is a super fantastic day, But I do feel significantly better than I have in over a decade and I am still a work in progress. I intend on losing more weight and get through my current plateau. I am hoping to be taken off the blood pressure medicine in another month or so. I will be going on a cruise at the end of December and I will be busting out the Speedos —- NOT! Don’t own any and I do not wish to be thrown off the ship… LOL! One thing that I would like to do is tell you if you are thinking about doing something, then do it for your health for you life, for your family, but most of all for YOU! You will not regret it! I wish you good luck, best of health and God bless you!