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Getting The Dreaded "D" Diagnosis - January 25, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

So I graduated. No longer "pre-diabetic", I am now full-fledged diabetic. Getting that diagnosis is, of course, sobering. But in the most bizarre way it kind of is a godsend.

Say what?

OK, here's the thing: It totally changes your perspective on all those horrible, terrible, miserable habits. You, frankly, do not have a choice. The good thing about Diabetes Type 2 (yes, there really is an upside) is that with weight loss and exercise, in many instances, the disease can be reversed. As in, no more meds, no graduating to insulin.

And, what I discovered, all the food cravings I had before, like chocolate (chocolate as many know is a religion, and not to be trivialized) does not hold the same allure for me. Back in October while waiting for my Staples special order to be processed I was offered Halloween candy. I took two small pieces (95 calories in all, I checked and logged it), and ya know what? It tasted like poison. Imagine that! It no longer holds me in its chocolate caress.

It's really kinda simple in a way: Drown in chocolate and lose vision, or lose a leg, or stay true to the course. I'm kind of fond of my vision and my legs, so I re-upped my gym membership.

Now, I would be lying if I told you it was perfect, but it's a helluva lot better than it has been. It's a process as we all know.

And as soon as I get this mini-milestone done, losing eight more pounds, I will schedule the appointment with the MD. I do not want her to be equivocal about not noticing the weight loss. And I do not want her to "graduate" me to diabetic meds.

So we truck on.
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  • SALLEN78
    I just received the opposite results on my blood tests last week - from Diabetes 2 to pre-Diabetes to normal again (just barely!). I am living proof that you can reverse this horrible disease with proper nutrition & exercise. It has taken me 15 years of effort to lose 75 pounds for the fourth time (I gained it all back 3 times). I have tried many different eating plans and I still have 45 pounds to go, but with the motivation I've received on SparkPeople, it has become much easier to achieve these goals! emoticon
    1334 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I am not sure how I missed this post but perhaps all good things in time. It is true that our choices become so much simpler when faced with the reality of " the sugar". I got that from some movie and think it's far too affectionate an euphemism.

    However, as I said all good things in time and your blog has given me some sobering thoughts...thank you.
    1474 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15520036
    Bit late to this, but after my husband's diagnosis, I went on the same diet as him, though I'm not diabetic. I lost a lot of weight.
    And I'd had a fungus infection on my fingers for thirty years since coming to Japan. It disappeared quickly and never came back.
    Definitely could be a blessing in disguise!
    1482 days ago
  • GABY1948
    This brings memories back. BUT, not sure if your doc told you anything when I finally lost all my weight, my pre diabetes diagnose was gone. a1C started out 8.5 and after 9 months was 7.0 and that was in 2008 has gone down every year since and this year at physical was 4.8. He said for me NOT to worry about it anymore! YAY

    Not sure if that could help you but fiber and protein and HEALTHY eating helped me.

    Thanks for the nice comment to me about integrity to me is a BIGGIE for me!

    1488 days ago
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    wishing you well ...
    1527 days ago
    I LOVE your attitude. Not everyone sees the issue so clearly and addresses it. Good for you!

    I pray that my husband, who is pre-diabetic, will make the necessary changes before he reaches the next step. So far, he's in a holding pattern.

    Keep up the great work.
    1527 days ago
    I'm so sorry about your diagnosis, but I do understand the attitude.

    My Dad, a smoker since age 11 (yeah, ELEVEN!), was never able to quit in spite of the pleadings of those who loved him.

    Then at age 59 after doing some yard work, he felt "funny," sat down to read the Readers' Digest and stumbled on the article "How to Tell if You're Having a Heart Attack." Check, check, check... He called 911! The EMTs thought it was just anxiety because of the article, but took him to the ER where YES, he was having a heart attack.

    They asked him, "Do you smoke?" He said "I just quit this morning" and he never smoked again. No excuses!

    Unfortunately, much damage had already been done, but he did live until age 80 to see his grandchildren married and even 2 great children arrive. He kept up his Reader's Digest subscription all those years in gratitude.

    So hang in there. You are worth the effort.

    1527 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4274730
    Ugh, I'm sorry. But I know you can do what it takes to reverse this, absolutely! You know exactly what needs to be done, you've got this!
    1528 days ago
    Some of us are all or nothing people - so yes, a diagnosis that makes it a no-choice situation makes things easier! A very upbeat way of looking at making the changes permanent lifestyle behaviors.

    And yes, vision and legs are good things to maintain!
    1528 days ago
    I'm a nurse and know that a health scare can be a big motivator. I was diagnosed with scary high cholesterol and bargained with my doctor, who I also work for, to lose 10 more pounds and hit the cholesterol hard with diet changes. Lowered it by 101 points! I work with many patients who are faced with diabetes but in today's world we have so many options! Keep a blood sugar log if you are using a monitor and get very familiar with your blood sugar levels. If you make those life style changes you can absolutely lower that A1c and stay off medication. Best of luck to you!
    1528 days ago
    The health motivation (in my own case, heightened probability of breast cancer recurrence) really is a huge push for staying the course, long-term: agreed.

    And recently learning (from Susan Peirce Thompson) that sugar and flour are depressants . . . that was a big kick in the pants for immediation motivaiton.

    Wishing you all the best: there is lots and lots of support here!
    1528 days ago
  • _JODI404
    I totally see how this unwelcome diagnosis can be a blessing in disguise.

    I too have been watching my sugar and flour consumption. I do still eat fruit in my smoothies. I am cutting out processed foods with sugar = junk, Starbucks, beer. I too was shocked to find out that I actually felt immensely better in both body & brain when I stopped eating and drinking what I thought I could NEVER live without (sugar/sweets/chocolate).

    It turns out you actually CAN live without it. And, you can even live well and feel much better!! Shocking. I had convinced myself that a world without chocolate was not a world that I wanted to live in -- all things in moderation. (Limiting beliefs!!)

    I let in some moderation in December for the holidays, and now I have to tighten the ropes again. In this case, I really do feel that abstinence is much easier than moderation. That is a brand new mindset for me. And with serious health problems at risk, it would be a very clear choice, I agree.

    I did not find that chocolate no longer tasted good to me. I found that the cravings did in fact stop when I abstained. (That was awesome!!) And when I indulged, a dessert tasted way sweeter than normal to me, and I was able to really taste it, more than ever before, and savor and enjoy it much more since it had been a while. However, some always leads to more for me -- it's the way the brain and body operate with sugar and cravings. (I speak for myself only -- every one is different and must find what really works for them.)

    It is definitely a process!! A lifelong one -- and hopefully one that leads to a long life!

    Keep on trucking along, Nu. You know I'm here cheering you on to that next milestone of 8 more pounds.

    You've got this!!!!
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    1528 days ago
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