November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The CDC says:
*Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with Diabetes.
*Diabetes kills more people each year than Aids and breast cancer combined.
*Up to 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes by 2050.
So, in August, I became part of the statistics. I got diagnosed with a form of diabetes. I'm not a type 1 or 2 - because it's me - I can't be normal. I have really low numbers. I need to get them up and more stable. (Who knew you actually NEED LDL - I always thought that was bad)
I have attacked this thing pretty aggressively. Because while this can't be cured, it CAN be managed and I want to control it so I don't have to pop more pills. I think the thing that really shocked me into action is getting a copy of my bloodwork numbers. Granted I'm not a Dr, and I don't know what most of those things even are, but I am pretty smart and I can learn. The report I got gave numbers in the "normal" range in black and those outside that range in RED. My report looked like I just massively flunked an exam. This was a lot more concrete than my Dr telling me I needed to lose weight and exercise because my numbers were trending wrong.
I now have my own personal CDE, Joanne. A bit crazy, but cool. She's also an RN. I met with her, got a blood glucose meter, eating and exercise plan. I then went to 4 weeks of classes given by her and another CDE that has a PhD in nutrition- and her dissertation was on managing diabetes with diet. I learned so much about the way your body processes your food it is kind of mind blowing. I then went to work trying to beat my liver into submission. (Yes liver - it's trying to kill my pancreas)
I don't know for sure how much of a difference I have made until my next blood test on the 24th (yes 2 days after my birthday and Thanksgiving... joy) However, I had a followup with my Dr 2 weeks ago. He was very happy with the numbers I had so far. Today was my follow up with Joanne. She was very impressed. (She had predicted that I would manage this well because of my attitude in our initial meeting and through the classes) She was very happy with my numbers - and could even see where they started trending toward healing.
I have officially since August 1st lost 34 pounds. AND 3.5 inches off my waistline!