Type 2 Diabetes. That’s me. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last September.
“How did I become diabetic?” Good question. There can be a variety of reasons including it being passed down through the family, (probably not in my case). Many Type 2 diabetics have been diagnosed simply from living a rather sedatory life style – that’s to say no exercise and not the best diet in the world. Type 2 folks are typicallly overweight, some tipping into the OBESE category if you look at the body mass indexes of people.
So – “How DID I become diabetic?” Or more accurately, how did my diagnosis come about. I beleive I went for a blood test, and my cholesterol looked a bit high. The doc sent me back for a glucose blood test – where they measure your blood sugar level…. make you drink a jar of “glop”… go away for 2 hours… and the come back and take the test again. Both results were about the same – above average.
After a few months on cholesterol tabs and the start of my “Getting Fit & Eating Healthy” campaign, a second HBCa1 blood test, (which shows the average blood sugar level over the previous 3 months), showed my blood sugar level had come down several points.
Being diagnosed Type 2 diabetic has also been quite a bit of an education into learning how many body works and how to control it. The downside to all of this is that it appears there is no real coordination between the different elements of the NHS, charities, societies, foundations, and commercial companies which can provide the information and support needed to help a person understand and control their diabetes.
Even in the NHS it depends where you live as to whether the doctor will prescribe you medical strips for your blood sugar meter, (if you “self test”), or even send you to see a Diabetic Nurse for specialist help and support.
The current state of play with myself and my Type 2 diabetes is this:
1. Exercise going extremely well! Usually down the gym a couple of times a week for a couple of hours. (Note – the “standard” recommended exercise regime for Type 2 people is half an hour a day. In my opinion, I think that’s aimed at older folks who do absolutely sod all and haven’t exercised in years!).
2. The diet is fairly ordinary – but extremely healthy.
In conclusion, being diagnosed Type 2 diabetic was a bit of a shock to begin with. But, as it is a “lifestyle change” I have embraced that idea and gone with it. And, y’know – I even like going to the gym now!