It was about one and half years ago, when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a young age of just 27. When I first heard the words “you have type 2 diabetes,” I thought it was the end of the world. At the time of diagnosis my fasting was 230 mg/dL and PP was 428mg/dL with an HbA1C of 12.3%. I felt sick the month before diagnosis. I was losing weight and feeling weak and exhausted at work all the time. But I thought it was just stress or the work pressure. I had been feeling the symptoms for several months but was ignoring them. I was not informed and was not able to connect my symptoms with diabetes. So, it was something I should take seriously, but I did not. I wish I had.
I was so focused on building a successful career in my bank job that I ignored my health after all these years. I have a desk-job which is quite hectic and I usually don’t get time to do any physical activity or eat on time. But now when I looked back, I don’t consider being diagnosed with diabetes as a bad thing at all. It gave me the opportunity to realize that I wasn’t taking care of my health, and I was given a chance to correct the situation. I have seen so many people around fighting against the disease and now it’s my turn to accept this challenge and win over this constant battle.
My family, friends and colleagues were very supportive when I was diagnosed, but I really had to take ownership of the situation. So, I have started yoga and eating on time. After consulting a doctor, I have started taking medications too. But was that enough to bring down my significantly high blood sugars levels? I really don’t know. Was I supposed to do or take care of anything else? I didn’t have any idea…! Then, one of my friend told me about a lifestyle program called Diabee. It is a mobile based and telephonic program where I don’t have go anywhere to avail the services. It is really a great concept for a person like me who can’t spare much time in sitting and waiting in queues for hours at hospitals or clinics. In Diabee, I love the support and encouragement I get from the other program participants and from my personal health coach.
During the short span of 3 months, I have learned so many new things about diabetes and how to protect myself from any future complications. With the help of this amazing program, now I know when and how to check my sugars and what does the numbers actually mean? For most of the people like me, it’s always challenging to give time to exercise with the busy schedule. But, now I know the simple yet effective ways to incorporate physical activity into my daily routine. I feel confident about making heathier food choices at home, while eating out or travelling. Even if I eat something unhealthy, now I know how to control my portion size without affecting the blood sugars much. I have realised how to take care of every part of my body with diabetes whether it is my feet, skin or gums.
Adopting positive attitude, taking accountability and having right support have been pivotal to my success so far. Now my blood glucose remains within normal limits, my fasting is around 110-120 mg/dl and PP remains below 160 mg/dl. My HbA1c has also reduced to 7.9%. I feel great! Even my doctor was amazed at my dedication and progress. Still there is long way to go, and the journey continuous.
We all know, this is not an easy journey, but the longer you make good food choices and exercise a priority the sooner you get into problems. Diabetes diagnosis doesn’t have to end your life, but you need to take it seriously. If you have diabetes or are at risk for it, eat right, exercise and listen to your doctors. And, most importantly just listen to your body’s carefully, it does send the signals. The consequences are not good if you don’t.