John is a 49-year-old father of two and proud husband of his dear wife, Karen. While he certainly has his share of stress to overcome in life, he’s managed to solve most of his problems as they have come along. When you consider other details as well, it seems John leads an ideal life.
Recently, however, John was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He went for an overdue physical, and his doctor told him the news. It turned out John’s blood sugar levels were much higher than had been expected. He knew he wasn’t living the healthiest of lifestyles, and he was told long ago his rising blood sugar could cause problems in the future.
Well, that day is here for John. Regrettably, he did not take the necessary precautions to prevent the development of rising blood sugar levels and the appearance of Type 2 diabetes. But what is done is done. Type 2 diabetes is now a significant factor in his life.
With that said, it does not mean his condition cannot be treated. Type 2 diabetes can be managed at the very least, and in many situations, it can be reversed.
John doubts his ability to control his blood sugar levels as suggested by his doctor. He has been overweight for at least a decade. He reminisces about the days of his youth where he maintained a lean physique without too much effort. “If only it were that easy for me now,” he laments.
His doctor advises him to become physically active to encourage his body to take up some of the excess sugar circulating in his bloodstream. He tells John to start controlling the amount of food he eats each day to help him start to lose weight, especially around his abdominal area. The doctor also advises him to make healthier food choices, so his blood sugar level will not spike post eating. These steps will begin to treat his Type 2 diabetes effectively.
A person like John may need encouragement. It’s vital Type 2 diabetics understand it’s never too late to treat their disease. Whether you are 42, 63, or 49 years old like John, is completely irrelevant. While it is ideal for Type 2 diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible, it’s never too late to lower your risk of more serious complications in the future by reducing and stabilizing your blood sugar levels as directed by your doctor.
When first diagnosed you may need the support of your spouse or family member. A close friend can also be helpful. Having someone to talk to and encourage your efforts can make a huge difference.
More importantly, someone like John needs to act, in spite of a precarious health situation. It’s only through perseverance a reversal of Type 2 diabetes will be achieved.
If you have received a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, forget the fact you could have prevented the disease in the first place. You now have a diagnosis, and that’s okay – as long as you don’t allow it to stay. A year from now, you could be in much better health than you are today. Or you could be in the same place, or in a worse position.
The decision is yours to make…
Anupam Ghose, a physician by training, was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in 2017. After the diagnosis of T2DM, he followed a low carbohydrate high fat diet and reversed his T2DM within a year. Now he has one main goal in life. Yes, it is to make people understand that the conventional method of treating T2DM is not beneficial. The best way to reverse T2DM is through diet and lifestyle modification. He decided to help people suffering from T2DM in their new journey by offering consultations and working together with them in order to achieve a T2DM free life.