Thursday, April 05, 2012
Like anyone else, I've intellectually understood the link between lifestyle and health status, but there is no greater kick in the pants than being diagnosed with something like pre-diabetes. It was TRULY a wake-up call. Now, losing weight was no longer about fitting into a cute pair of jeans or looking good for a class reunion, it was about staying healthy.
Diabetes runs in my family, so I've always known about the risk factors. Still, when you have family members that have been robbed of their sight and limbs, pre-diabetes underscores the fact that if you don't change, you could be next.
I attended a family gathering shortly after my diagnosis and wound up seated next to my cousin J, age 59, who was diagnosed with diabetes last year. She told me she dropped 40 lbs after eliminating white rice, potatoes, white flour and pasta from her diet and exercising. At 5'6", she appeared to weigh about 160 and to wear a size 12. The weight loss also made her look 10 years younger. I was totally inspired and realized that anything is possible if you quit whining and just go do it.
I still don't know everything about my condition. I've read various websites and blogs and they are all full of conflicting information about how to eat. But one thing that's clear is that even a 5% to 10% drop in weight can make a lot of difference. So, hopefully, the 20 lbs I've dropped since January will make a difference. I have an upcoming doctor appointment to get my blood sugar tested for the first time since my diagnosis, so we'll see.