This is post number 2 on this topic. In my last post, I told you I have type 2 diabetes. I found this out because I worked at a company where there was lots of food everywhere and I started to lose weight. I was biking part of the way to work so I thought: “This is great! My metabolism must be ramping up and that is why I am losing weight!” Wrong. Apparently losing weight is one of the symptoms of diabetes. The sugar from the blood is not getting to the cells so the body turns to fat stores for energy. When I went to the doctor he checked my blood labs and it showed I was a full-blown diabetic.
The blood lab test called an A1C, is able to see what a person’s average blood sugar levels have been over the last 3 months. An A1C between 4 and 5.6 is normal and anything over 6.5 means you have diabetes. Mine was over 10! So the doctor gave me a blood meter, signed me up for some classes on how to manage my diabetes, and put me on a medication called metformin to help lower my blood sugar.
Diabetes wasn’t a total surprise. In my past doctor visits, I was told that my triglycerides were high and that is an indication that I might be heading towards diabetes. I didn’t believe it at the time. I thought I was living a pretty healthy life and it wouldn’t happen to me. I did notice that when I ate more salads my triglycerides were lower. After I had been diagnosed with diabetes I thought that perhaps eating differently could help bring my blood sugars back to a reasonable range and that is what I tried next.