how to get diabetes

how to get diabetes

How to get Diabetes

While I am sure that there are many people out there who have done what I have done. And still have not developed Diabetes, this is how I did it, so it can serve perhaps as a guide to those who don’t know. I sincerely hope that, if it is to be used for any purpose, that it would be used to AVOID developing Diabetes!

At the age of forty-five, I had let my physical condition deteriorate to the point that I really could no longer do a lot of the physical things that I had been able to do all of my life. I was considerably overweight (60-70 pounds) and smoked two or more packs of Camel’s a day. I did no regular exercise, and my diet certainly would never have been approved by a registered dietician.

I had been feeling poorly for about a week (this in the middle of the flu season) so I called to get an appointment with my family doctor. I met with the doctor, and he diagnosed the flu. No surprise. But this particular doctor was the old-style family doctor, who always spent a few minutes (or more, if needed) just talking to his patients and inquiring about the entire family, and careers, and life in general. In the course of our conversation, I mentioned that I had recently noticed that I was always thirsty, and spent a lot of time running to the bathroom.

He immediately asked for a urine specimen, which I produced. He had his nurse test the urine, and the result was that I appeared to have Diabetes. He put me on an oral medication to reduce my blood sugar and asked that I stop by frequently to get my blood tested. And I did.

I also went home and started reading up on Diabetes. How it was caused, what it did, how to make it less severe, and all the other stuff a conscientious person should find out. Did I do what was recommended? No. I continued to eat that same foods and the same amounts. I still didn’t exercise with any regularity. And I STILL SMOKED.

This went on for about ten years. Each visit with the doctor resulted in the same admonishments: exercise, diet, and QUIT SMOKING. Over these years, it would be necessary to increase or add additional medications to control the blood sugar, and to deal with the problems that developed from not doing what I should: high blood pressure, fluid retention, and fairly severe neuropathy in my extremities.

Four years ago, my endocrinologist gave up fighting the diabetes with oral medications and prescribed insulin. Not that we could do away with the oral medications, but that we would use insulin to better control it. It did. Now I can keep my blood sugars within the guidelines of the ADA, and in theory, I will get no worse.

And, I QUIT SMOKING (third try).

BUT……….the real damage has been done. And the end result is that I now require
Six oral medications and two different insulins to control my condition. I take at least
Five shots a day, and with the amount of pills I have to take, I look like a walking
Pharmacy!

The result is that I am now 60 years old, I have severe neuropathy in my feet, which causes severe pain under the right conditions; I am morbidly obese ( I currently weigh 350+) and my hands constantly get numb. These are only some of the results.

But the most serious result is that, because I did not stop smoking until ‘way too late, I no longer can enjoy any of the physical activities I used to enjoy, and I cannot run and play with my grandchildren. I get huffing and puffing just going across the street to get the mail! I can’t exercise because of my breathing, so the only way I can attempt to reduce my weight is to diet. And I mean diet. So unless I can convince myself to virtually stop eating, I will spend the rest of my life gasping for breath, and watching everyone else have fun doing the things I used to be able to do.

The message I have tried to impart with this letter is this:

QUIT SMOKING if you smoke.
Exercise regularly.
Eat right.

Do it now, and you can avoid what I did not. If only I could go back 15 years………