There is nothing worth having in life that comes easy.

April 3, 20180Success Stories

There is nothing worth having in life that comes easy.

April 3, 2018 0
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Hello everyone, my name is Bruno Minj. I am a 63-year young man living with diabetes in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.

I was in service before retirement, after that I started spending time at home with my wife. Slowly gradually, I noticed that I enjoyed staying indoors. My activity levels declined. I was only eating and sleeping for these months.

One day my son gifted me a new smartphone. This opened a new world for me. I had known that I was diabetic since last 15 years. I was even having my medicines on time. But whenever I got my blood sugars tested, they came out high.

I kept on surfing the net for diabetes. It was May 2017, when I came across a Facebook advertisement about Diabee. I made a call on the customer care to inquire about the program. The counsellor explained me politely about the diabetes management program. She asked my medical history and suggested me to get enrol in the program.

I was proactive about my health, so I took the plan. I was assigned health coach Akanksha Badola. She got in touch with me over the phone call. I was advised to get some blood test done as per the doctor’s recommendation.

At that time, my Blood sugar fasting was 138 mg/dl, PP was 192 mg/dl and HbA1C 7.3 %. Even the blood sugar was fluctuating often and was not at all stable.

Akanksha, being inquisitive person, identified my major problem areas. She told me overeating and no physical activity are two major roadblocks in my lifestyle which are getting in the way of my health.

How my health coach transformed my health?

I always had an excuse to go out for walk, sometimes I complained about the weather or cramps that I had in my legs. She got my diet in right order to fulfil my nutritional deficiencies and increased my water intake to combat dehydration. This raised my energy levels and decreased my leg cramps.

Now, I daily go for a 45 minutes’ walk in the park outside. If it’s raining in the morning, I don’t skip my routine, rather I take a walk in the evening. I also go for 45 minutes of cycling twice a week.

Earlier, I use to overeat my favourite food such as fish & chicken as I was bad at estimating the serving size of food. Now, I know about portion control, how much carbohydrates, proteins and fats should I consume in every meal. I started sending my plate pictures to Akanksha, and she monitored the amount of food I was having.

I had a fear of diarrhoea, so I gradually started having egg, milk and oats as per her advice. Now, I have got in a habit of having vegetables and salads in all my meals. This does not mean I don’t have junk food, I do have it sometimes. However, I am honest with my health coach and she often suggests me actionable tips to overcome the chances of spikes in blood sugar. I also have sweet but in strict moderation.

She keeps motivating me to go for the doctor follow-ups at regular intervals for eye problems and diabetes also.

After 3 months, my blood sugar fasting came to 113 mg/dl, PP 143 mg/dl and HbA1C – 6.6 % . I have renewed my package again, as I feel that bring the levels to normal is one thing but maintaining those levels within range is a different game altogether.

My message to people living with diabetes

There is nothing worth having in life that comes easy. The same goes for a healthy life. Sometimes, you have to take firm decisions but when you start seeing results everything else take care of itself.

God bless you!

Bruno


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