by CK Dillon · Filed Under: African American Baby Boomer Wellness
I’m a Type 2 Diabetic: by Reginald D. Brown – Contributing Author
Hello To my Baby Boomer friends,
My name is Reginald D. Brown. I have been a type 2 diabetic since 1995 and I’d like to share my story with you about how I became a diabetic.
In the Spring of 1995, I weighed 217 pounds. I was 10 pounds overweight, so I decided to go on an exercise program to lose weight.
For a full month, I lifted weights and jogged 3 times a week. During this time, I began to lose weight rapidly. I went down from 217 pounds to 181 pounds. However, I started having issues with my health.
- I was urinating every 45 to 60 minutes.
- My vision started getting blurry.
- My feet and legs would cramp at night.
- I also started seeing blood in my stool.
- I had an awful thirst
- I craved anything sweet like orange juice, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice.
- I would drink up to a quart of juice at a time and still be thirsty.
Something’s Not Right
I thought the weight loss was from my working out. Finally I woke up from my denial and went to the doctor on Good Friday. I took blood tests and it was revealed that my blood sugar level was over 400 mg.
If I hadn’t gone in that Friday, I would have gone into a coma by Monday. Reality set in. I was a diabetic.
My New Reality
The doctor prescribed 3 pills of Glyburide at 5 mg’s a day. I did this for a 30 day period and then my blood sugar leveled off to an average 120 mg a day. Then the doctor prescribed I only take one pill day and advised me that diabetes was a progressive disease and that I had to monitor my blood level every day.
Denial and Relapse
Since I was feeling well, I thought the one pill a day was all I needed. So, I went back into denial with bad eating habits and not exercising like I should. I didn’t even use the blood sugar monitor the doctor provided me.
Within 2 weeks, I started having the same symptoms as before. I tested my blood sugar and was shocked when the glucose monitor read 258 mg.
I went back to the doctor. He chastised me for not following instructions as he wrote a prescription for 3 pills of Gylburide at 5 mg’s a day. I promised to be proactive in my diabetes care and not re-active when I was ill. Within a day or so, my blood sugar levels were at an acceptable average of 120 mg.
Hint: Doctors want to see an average blood sugar level of between 90 and 120 mg. I still had a bit to go, so I tried the following tip:
Here’s a tip for my Type 2 diabetic friends:
Don’t eat White Bread, Rice or Potatoes for One Week . . .
If you follow that tip, along with your medical professional’s advice, you should lose a few pounds and your blood sugar levels should go down to manageable levels.
Try it and email me with your results.
For Me Contracting Diabetes was Inevitable
All the ingredients were there: Working out and exercising actually contributed to accelerating my diabetes to becoming full-blown; On my Father’s side of the family, he had two sisters who were type 2 diabetics; I also had set into a sedentary lifestyle and was eating everything in sight.
So, it was inevitable that I would become a diabetic.
Diabetes is not a death sentence. I have learned the hard way that if we are pro-active we can control the disease. It can be controlled through diet, exercise and oral medication. However, it is up to us. We diabetics must make an effort to change our life’s habits in order to live a healthy, full life.
Thanks for reading and you can expect many more articles about controlling diabetes.
Reginald D. Brown
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