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I AM SO GRATEFUL I GOT A DMT2 DIAGNOSIS.
For Most of My Adult life, I had struggled with my weight.
I tried everything. Well everything but Low Carb. And they worked, that was until I could no longer stand the relentless and savage hunger pangs.
I controlled my Calories, weighed my food, cooked from scratch, followed the standard dietary guidelines of low fat, low calorie, high carb.
I did lose weight, but sadly found that due to a runaway appetite and what I now realise are metabolic issues associated with being carbohydrate intolerant,
I had hunger pangs that had me in despair.
I would then give up. The pain was too much and made the whole effort untenable. I would go back to my normal eating regime which meant I was overeating carbohydrate and would regain all I would have lost with that effort.
At some point I was 267lbs and standing at 5'2" even with my hands in the air, I was getting scared of having a Heart attack any day.
In June 2014, I was diagnosed with DMT2, and knew I had to control my Carb intake, if I am to have any reasonable chance at staying alive.
I cook well and thanks to all my previous effort at weight loss, I also knew how and where to find the nutrient value in foods.
I began my quest to normalise my blood glucose.
I made the decision to keep it simple.
I also made the decision to get my carbs from only green leafy vegetables.
Not too long into my new way of eating I was losing weight and was satiated.
I made delicious sauces to go with my vegetables and I loved my meals and looked forward to them.
Amazingly, I was no longer hungry all the time. I had to remind myself to eat.
I went online and began researching why I was no longer losing my mind from hunger pangs, and still losing weight.
They gave a name to my 'bogeyman' Hyperinsulinaemia
The Penny dropped.
There was so much information, my aha moments were like Guy Fawkes night ...my brain was almost exploding.
I then realised the role insulin had been playing with my inability to control my weight.
I made the decision to unwrap the layers of adipose matter that had wrapped itself around my viscera, and give ears to my cells so it could hear my
I walked, walked and walked, When I first started, everybody on earth was faster than I was, and overtook me. I couldn't care less. I was a woman on a mission. I knew without a doubt that with each step, I was gradually unwrapping and untangling the web of adipose matter that was stopping my body from harkening to the call of my beleaguered beta cells.
As I lost the weight and consequently normalised my blood glucose, I look back with gratitude for the gift of my diabetes diagnosis.
I have no doubt that I could have had a Heart Attack by now.
My Youngest brother who was in no way as heavy as I was, Dropped Dead at age 40 from a heart attack.
I knew if I did not get my weight in check, it would only be a matter of time before I had my own heart attack.
With my renewed interest in health, wellbeing, risk factors, etc, I am no longer a sitting duck.
Having diabetes has empowered me. Given me the zeal to educate myself about how and why things are how they are with my body.
I have found knowledge and information on how I can control and influence outcome.
For that, I am eternally grateful for having been fortunate enough to get the diagnosis of DMT2
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