I have been successful in my efforts to reverse pre diabetic symptoms for the last 8 years now. It has made a tremendous difference in my life. I eat healthy, I exercise, and I have a lot more energy. I use to weigh 207 pounds, and now I weigh 177 pounds.That's a loss of 30 pounds!
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Through time my weight and my blood glucose levels go up and down depending on:
The seasons (I’m slimmer during the summer)
How much I exercise
How well I watch my eating habits.
When I look at myself now, I feel good. My body is slimmer and I feel a sense of accomplishment. I did it. I reached my goal. That feels great!
This whole thing started following a routine visit to our family doctor. My check up included a comprehensive blood work and blood pressure check. I found to have borderline high blood pressure. That was a warning sign as far as the doctor was concern, "There are a few things you must do right away" he said, "Stop using salt and sugar and reduce some weight".
Well, considering I thought everything was alright with me, the results surprised and alarmed me. I proceeded with a barrage of questions about my course of action, and the doctor referred me to see a dietitian.
About a week later I received the results from my blood work. The results were OK, but... I should set up an appointment to see the doctor again. "According to the level of glucose in your blood, "you should cut sugar from your diet" he said. My level of glucose was 111 mg/dl which meant that I was already borderline diabetic (pre-diabetic). With a history of diabetes in my family, I must make some lifestyle changes if I want to eliminate the risk of developing Diabetes.
At this point I realized that it wasn't "Take a pill and go home" type of situation. Just the thought of having my coffee without two spoons of sugar and passing up of sweets and salt got me in a bad mood. The bottom line was, that unless I lose a considerable amount of weight, make some changes in my diet my health is in jeopardy.
After two visits to the dietitian, I had many unanswered questions. I started to devour all the information I could get my hands on about food and nutrition from the books we had around the house and the internet.
To make a long story short, I stumbled upon the mediterranean diet Interestingly enough, the mediterranean diet appeared similar to our daily diet with a major difference. I did eat fruits and vegetables, but I consumed too much sugar and salt. It's a fact that just about everything in the grocery store has sugar (or sweeteners) and salt (sodium) in it. I added more on top of that! I consumed too much fat, and processed food. The biggie though, was my lack of physical activity, I wasn't burning hardly enough calories in my daily routine and was gaining weight slowly but surely.
With these findings I embarked on an exciting and challenging journey. It led me to find out what an amazing machine our body is, and when we neglect taking care of it properly we end up paying dearly. I also found out how many people are in the same situation, and how many more people reach this intersection every day. Ultimately it led me to decide to share my experience and my success.