Hello, my name is Aranganaygam, my age is 35 years. I work for defence services in north India. I was diagnosed with diabetes 4 years ago. Since then, I was taking diabetes medicine and having normal food. It was only 6-8 months back, I came to know that I have a specific type of diabetes known as LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes of adults).
I live with my wife and two wonderful daughters. The younger daughter is in her infancy, so many times we are not able to fulfil our need for sleep. As I have a hectic job, I come home tired and then sleep is also restless. Many times, I wake up in the middle of night with exhaustion and hunger. I often thought, this is because of low blood sugar, so I ate whatever was there in the refrigerator.
As a South Indian, I regularly eat idly with coconut chutney and rice. Then one day, I went to the doctor for follow-up. He pointed out that in spite of taking insulin my sugars are were not getting controlled. The reports indicated blood sugar fasting -255 mg/dL, PP-369 mg/dL and HbA1c 11.3%. There were even fluctuations in the blood sugar level, so he increased the insulin dosage. This was a signal that there were things that I was not taking seriously. I felt upset, didn’t know what to do.
My experience with Diabee
One afternoon, I got a call from diabetes management program Diabee. They explained me how I can take charge of my health. I got interested and enrolled in Diabee. They started my counselling with a team of diabetes experts. The health coach explained me about my diabetes that, in such type of diabetes, our body stops producing enough insulin due to damage of insulin producing cells. She asked my daily routine and identified the nutritional gaps in my diet and suggested a balanced diet.
I can recall, I was on a 2 week off and my only focus that time was to bring my health on track. Health coach Akanksha, came up with a daily challenge strategy for 2 weeks. She started calling me daily to take diet and exercise recall. She made me maintain a food dairy, so that I can track my meals. She made me include protein and salads, which I was missing previously. She motivated me to do daily walk. Mostly, I go for walk in the morning, otherwise I make it a point to complete the schedule in the evening.
I would like to say that my health coach is a perfect guide and a counsellor. There were times when I had acidity and she helped with some home remedies which really worked. I even had pain in abdomen once and she recommended me to take a medical opinion to find out the cause of pain. Medical tests suggested elevated liver function values and fatty liver. She made modifications in my diet to decrease fatty liver.
Now, I check my blood sugar as recommended by her. The episodes of blood sugar fluctuations have decreased. My fasting blood sugar is 143 mg/dl, PP is 155 and HbA1C has reduced to 8.3 %.
I am hopeful that within few months my HbA1C will come to normal.
Thank you Diabee.