Monday, January 17, 2011
I got on the scale this morning and I felt good. I looked to make sure the big lines which bracketed the scale needle were the ones I thought they were. They were. 175. Actually the needle was below that but at this point I am not about to quibble about that. The point is that I have reached a number that at one time I had despaired of ever reaching again. This is significant because of my being a Type II Diabetic.
I am the one who could starve herself and not lose weight. Evidently my resistance to the insulin I do produce and the small amount I produce combined to make my blood sugar level high enough to trigger my liver turn everything I ingested into fat. I felt sluggish and came to think that was going to be normal for me, after all, I was in my mid sixties. I am just getting old.
Being put on the medication metformin which stimulates my pancreas to produce more insulin has changed so much in my life. I guess I hope that others who may be Type II Diabetic(TIID) and don't know it or are afraid to find it out will read this and get in tune with their bodies, in touch with their doctors and into a better life that awaits them.
One of the super benefits that another friend who also recently went on medication for TIID noted in a conversation and I then became aware of is that the constant craving for carbohydrates is gone. I don't hover over the loaf of bread waiting for the magic hour when I could have a slice. I don't need it. That is overwhelming if you are one who has suffered from carb cravings and couldn't satisfy them.
The heavy feeling is gone. I have the energy and ambition to take on projects that have been sitting around half finished or unstarted for the last several years. I feel younger and have hope for a more active lifestyle than I have been able to enjoy for a long time.
So 175 is significant? Yes, but not as a number sufficient unto itself, but as a "mile marker" on the journey I am taking to better health.