I was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about forty four years ago. My old family doctor told me that I should think of sugar as poison and stay away from it.
Since I like sweets of just about every kind, that was not easy to do. But, I did manage to control my glucose level pretty good for several years by watching what and the amount that I ate. For anyone at risk for Type 2 Diabetes, now is the time to start watching what you eat. In my opinion, it is much easier to avoid Type 2 Diabetes than it is to control it after you have it.
Also, if you are at risk or have already been told you have Type 2 Diabetes, you should take this very seriously. I am not trying to scare anyone, but you should know that Type 2 Diabetes affects just about every organ in your body. It is one of the leading causes of blindness and probably the leading cause of limb amputation. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease.
If the disease itself is not bad enough, some of the medications you will end up having to take have some really bad side effects. Some of these are low blood sugar, upset stomach, skin rash, weight gain, gas, bloating and diarrhea. There are other side effects depending on the medication.
Up until 1994, sulfonylureas were the only oral medications available in the US for Type 2 Diabetes . But, since that time many new drugs have appeared and new ones come out all the time. At one time or another I have been on just about all the oral medications available at the time. I have taken Metformin under serveral different brand names before the generic became available. Metformin was approved by the FDA in December of 1994. I have taken Micronase, DiaBeta, and Glucotrol. I have also taken Avandia, which is now known to raise the risk of heart failure.
I had heart failure in 2002, but I don’t know that Avandia contributed to it or not. I had no blockages or other factors and I have always had low cholesterol. The doctors said it was caused by many years of Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. That it had just worn my heart out. They put me on high blood pressure medicine and many other drugs that I still take today. They told me if I stayed on my medication and ate right, I would be a new man in 12 to 18 months. Well, I can’t say I am a new man, but I have done very well execpt I still give out very quickly if I do any physical work.
I was finally put on insulin about ten years ago and now take five injections per day. One in the morning and one at night with long acting insulin to keep my glucose base line level and then one fast acting injection before each meal to keep the food from making my glucose rise to high. While I know this sounds bad, injections are not as bad as you might think. In fact, the finger prick to check you glucose level is worse than the insulin injection. The needles today are so sharp and tiny, you hardly feel them at all. So never be afraid to go on insulin if you need to.
So, to sum up things, if I had know forty four years ago what I know now.
- I would have taken much better care of my health.
- I would have eaten the right foods and cut down on junk food.
- I would have taken an exercise program seriously.
- I would have read all I could find to read on diabetes.
- I would have watched my weight much closer.
So, if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, read this carefully and think about it. The decision is yours and only yours.