Don’t fool with diabetes

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By Paul F. Murray, Wealthy Affiliate member

 

You’ve seen the ads on television—with the fine print usually saying “actor portrayal”. Now take it from someone who is not an actor but a real person who has been through it:

Don’t underestimate the power of diabetes to complicate your life or even kill you. It can happen.

A month or two ago from the time I’m writing this I had a very blithe, lackadaisical attitude toward my diabetes. I knew that I was diabetic, but I wasn’t on any medication, so I thought it wasn’t that serious of a health issue for me. I felt like I could eat anything and everything I wanted. And so I did.

A few sugar cookies before bed? Yep, for sure. Sugar-loaded sodas such as Ginger Ale, Squirt or 7-up? Yessirree. Even Gatorade after jogging, maybe even a couple of Gatorades—and the sugar they contained. Have some cake or pie at the local free food kitchen? Sure thing. Take an entire cake or pie home with me from the local free food pantry? Yes indeed, anytime a cake or pie was available. This went on for at least a couple of years.

But then a month or more ago, I began to notice some changes. I felt tired more easily, with occasional dizziness or light-headedness. My vision began to get much worse. Same glasses, but now objects which until recently before then I had been able to see with precision and clarity now appeared very fuzzy, even at close range. Friends of mine that I saw at the supermarket or around town, I barely recognized until they were within 15-20 feet of me. Shopping at Walmart meant seeing objects such as distant signs in a blurry, unclear manner.

I thought the problems I was having were simply the result of blood pressure prescription drug interactions caused by all of the weight I had lost from exercise. Plus I thought I just needed new glasses.

Thank God I had a routine annual physical scheduled with my doctor for soon after all of these changes started taking place. My blood sugar at the time of my annual physical was so high that it didn’t even register! My doctor sent me straight to the emergency room at the local hospital to get treatment to reduce my blood sugar down to something less than an amount that could have sent me into a diabetic coma.

I am now taking daily insulin (temporarily) with the object in mind of eventually getting on prescription medication and eventually getting back off medication altogether, once my blood sugar is back to normal. My vision is back to normal—objects are back to being sharp and clear. I no longer have dizziness or lightheadedness. And I intend to keep things that way.

People can live for years and even decades with diabetes—if they take care of themselves. I am hoping to get back on treatment eventually based solely on diet and exercise. Never again will I ignore the sugar content of foods or drinks. Never again will I literally gamble with my health and my life by assuming that I can ignore my diabetes. I can have a full, active, and long life ahead of me (I’m 65 now), but I know that I have a responsibility to work at it, to make it happen, and to not just assume that it will.

Note: Paul F. Murray is a member of Wealthy Affiliate, a legitimate online, non-scam money-making platform.

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Dallas McCalister

    Hi Paul…

    Your opening remarks and “warning” about this terrible disease is powerful. It says a lot with very few words and makes me want to know more about you and your case.

    Scary – so the “happy ending” part of your personal real-life story makes it well worth reading, and taking this serious!

    How are you doing today and any new developments or breakthroughs for you?

    Thanks for your good work – I think your site has great potential to help many other people.

    All the best!

    Dallas

    • admin

      Hi Dallas, thank you for your nice comments. I am doing much, much better and I feel much, much better. My blood sugar was finally back at a normal level earlier today, and it is my prayerful hope that it stays that way. Yes, I’m hoping to warn others against making the same mistakes that I did. I am also learning that some friends of mine are diabetic and have been living with the disease for many years, so that gives me hope for a bright future as long as I maintain self-discipline at keeping my blood sugar normal. Here’s a really scary thought–I read that 1 in 4 people who have diabetes in the U.S. don’t know it, and they may be suffering complications to their vision, their nervous system, their ability to avoid dizzy spells and lightheadedness, and not even know what the cause is. I highly recommend people to get an annual physical with blood tests.

  2. Eugene

    Hi Paul, great post! I actually have a family history with diabetes, so I could definitely relate. My grandfather actually passed away recently, partially from health ailments from diabetes. As somebody who has survived as long as you have after your diagnosis, what do you recommend in terms of diet and exercise? Do you recommend any books?

    • admin

      Hello Eugene, thank you for your comment. My doctor has told me to try to avoid processed foods and to try to eat fresh foods as much as possible. Whole wheat bread is better than white bread. Fruits such as apples and oranges do contain natural sugars but they are okay to eat because the “sugar spike” quickly disappears, my doctor says. As for “diabetic foods” that claim to contain no sugar but which are artificially sweetened, my  doctor has told me that he’d almost rather that I ate a candy bar such as a Kit Kat, because artificial sweeteners really don’t have any advantage over regular sugar, studies have shown. My efforts to control my diabetes are based upon my individual circumstances–others’ may be different from mine. My recommendation is that you contact your local doctor (you or your family members who have diabetes) and ask if there is a nutritionist on staff or nearby. That’s what I’ve been told to do, because a nutritionist is specially trained to guide people with diabetes with what they should eat, and what they shouldn’t eat, and a professionally trained nutritionist can recommend what books to read based on each individual’s circumstances (which may differ from mine), and he/she probably has books and pamphlets right with them that they can give out. As for exercise, I do some jogging, and a lot of walking at one of our local parks that has a lot of up-and-down pathways. Thanks again for your comment.

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