You Can Enjoy Life Fully, Even If You have Diabetes…

August 17, 20180Success Stories

You Can Enjoy Life Fully, Even If You have Diabetes…

August 17, 2018 0
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My name is Vikrant Bansal. I am a 34-year-old business man from Punjab. I had always lived with a fear that diabetes is a disease that will eventually lead to complications such as heart disease, eye disease, etc., irrespective of the age you get diagnosed at.

My doctors wanted me to add more medications every time I went for a follow up. But I kept on searching online for the solution of my problem. And then while going through Facebook, I came across Diabee, which said that I can manage my diabetes better by enrolling in the program.

I have been suffering from type 2 diabetes since 2012. For the last 6 years I underwent continuous oral medication. After I was enrolled for Diabee, I was made accountable to a health coach, who is a diabetes educator and a nutritionist. She made me understand the gap areas in my lifestyle. To be honest, earlier I had a prolonged sitting routine, my meal timings were irregular, I often use to overeat almost anything in evening to satisfy my hunger pangs. My body weight was 91 kg and if I tell you my fasting blood sugar, it was 220 mg/Dl, the PP was 199mg/Dl whereas the HbA1c was 8.9 %.

I had no knowledge and motivation to push myself for healthy lifestyle. Diabee helped me a lot to bring back my lost motivation, renewed health and the zeal to live a quality life.

I used to hide my diabetes diagnosis from all my near and dear ones, due to a hesitation that what they will think about me. Even I tried to hide this fact from my gym trainer, and he advised me a high calorie diet. This was my biggest mistake.

Now, that I have been doing well with the guidance of my health coach. My daily meals have been corrected, I have also started including a lot of fibre in my diet.  Instead of overeating momos in evening, I have been taking healthy snacks as suggested. Most of my family members are vegetarian, so I have started taking eggs and healthy non- vegetarian food on the go.

I have recently joined a gym after a lot of motivation given by my health coach. She is in favor that, diabetes should not stop anyone from enjoying the flavors of life. I am nowadays working out daily at gym, even my trainer knows about my diabetes and works closely with me to set my exercise routine. I daily do a combination of strength training and cardio in the gym. The cardio session includes, cycling, treadmill, cross trainer etc. All of this with a combination of dietary corrections has helped me lose 5 kg of weight within few weeks.

My health coach Akanksha, even told me to be regular with Gym as this will help in consuming free flowing sugar in the blood by training muscles during the work out. Working out, will not only keep us in good shape but also help in managing diabetes better.

Going to gym has also helped me in making new friends and because of this I have overcome a rough patch in my life which was because of a personal problem.

Exercise tips given by my health coach  

She told me that people with diabetes need to take care of blood sugar fluctuations. If a person does an extensive workout, there may be risk of a hypo or a low blood sugar. She advised me to check blood sugar before and after workout, to get an idea about the change in sugar pattern both pre and post exercise. This helps in understanding how the body is responding to exercise.

Always have a carbohydrate based snack at least an hour before exercise and also after it to replenish the energy used. Carrying a gym kit which includes glucose tablets, sugary drink, water etc. is a smarter choice to manage hypo.

My recent blood sugar fasting is 115 mg/Dl, PP is 141 mg/Dl and HbA1c is 7.2 %. I feel much better both mentally and physically. I don’t know why I use to feel helpless before when everyone told me that diabetes is progressive, and once it enters the body, it does not spare any organ.

My message to all the people living with diabetes like me

Whatever your best is, give that effort in everything that you do. Diabee will help you at every step of your journey with diabetes. You can enjoy life fully, even when you have diabetes.

Thanks DIABEE.


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