Despite the hilarity of this Wilford Brimley meme, diabetes is no laughing matter. My husband and I know this first hand since he was diagnosed in May, and I was diagnosed pre-diabetic. However, there is hope! When you have type II diabetes, it does not mean that the rest of your life has to be beholden to medications and finger pricks! If you find out early on and you work at improving your lifestyle, it is reversible.
Last Friday, my husband and I went in to get our A1C checked. We got our results back today. When they told us in May that his A1C was 10.2 with an average glucose reading of 246, it scared us silly. We made the decision then and there that we were going to do whatever it took to get healthy. We were already making some good decisions, but they were helped along with a dietary class our insurance offered. We took that advice to heart.
I will never forget the one gentleman in our class who claimed he’d taken one of those classes before, but his readings were in the 300’s on a regular basis, mostly because he was “non-compliant”. Hubby and I looked at each other, just dumbfounded! Non-compliant has become something of an inside joke ever since.
We started watching our carb and sugar intake, we kept up with regular exercise, we tracked our glucose levels, and we took our medication. We did this for 3 months, and today we got our test results back.
I went from a 6.2 with an average glucose reading of 131 to a 5.6 with an average reading of 114. That may not seem like a huge drop, but remember I was “pre-diabetic”. That ranges from 5.7-6.4. I am now in the normal range! As excited as I was about this, I was truly stunned with my husband’s results. From an average of 246 he dropped to an average of 117. And with an A1C of 10.2, he dropped to 5.7! He’s in the prediabetic range!!
It was a good thing I was alone at the office because I was doing a happy dance when he gave me that news. I’m so incredibly proud of him!
So that means we can go back to our old habits, right? WRONG! We are in this for the long haul. We didn’t make these changes as a “diet”. As I often say to my husband, I’m not doing this for fun, I’m trying to save my life. I want a long and happy life with my soulmate, and we are going to keep working to make sure we have that.