Living a new “normal” seems to be the catch-phrase these days. We are living a “new normal” because of COVID-19. People live “new normals” after earthquakes or floods or other natural or man-made disasters.
Type 2 diabetics also have “new normals” by which we live. Let’s take a moment and look briefly at them.
The “new normal” of being diagnosed with Type 2
In this new normal we are first faced with the unhappy news that we have this condition.
I believe I went through several stages including denial, anger, and, for a time, acceptance.
The new normal for this phase of the diabetic journey includes these things for many:
- Daily blood sugar/glucose tests often up to 4 times a day. That means pricking your finger at least 4 times a day, putting the drop of blood on a test strip, and checking the monitor to see what your test result is. I had to do it in the morning when I got up and 2 hours after each meal.
- Blood tests every 3 months to check your A1c.
- Meeting with a dietitian.
- Starting a low dose of oral medication such as Metformin.
For many pre-diabetics and those already in the early stages of type 2 diabetes, this is the beginning of a long and tedious road of ups and downs, good days and bad days. Days when you are excited because you see improvement in the condition and days when you want to just give up!
Many begin to read the horrifying research about the effects of this condition which includes things like:
- Heart Disease
And these are just a few of the things that can come as a result of type 2 diabetes.
The “new normal” of living with the condition
At this phase, we have pretty much come to accept that we have the condition and have to just live with it.
Sadly, this is the stage that many with type 2 stop. It is too difficult to lose weight. It is too hard to make the changes that are required to live a more healthy lifestyle.
I am from the United States and let me tell you, our nation has not done much to make it any easier for the typical diabetic to do anything to change our lives.
If you don’t believe me, check out this trailer for the documentary movie Fed Up. It is pretty telling about America’s failure to protect us from diseases and conditions like type 2 diabetes. I believe there are several places online that you can view the movie in its entirety, as well.
The “new normal” of reversing the condition
For a long time, I felt hopeless. Around 2012 I was in such a dark place that I seriously considered taking my own life.
It isn’t easy when you watch your health continuously deteriorate and feel there is nothing left to improve your lot in life.
But I was wrong. There are a lot of things I can do. I am so glad that I did not let the darkness overwhelm me. I wouldn’t be here now to tell you that there is hope!
I believe through the research and study that I have done that there are ways to reverse type 2 diabetes. We may not be able to reverse all of the damage that it has done, but we can stop it from damaging us more than it already has.
There is still a lot we don’t know about reversing this condition, but one thing is certain, we can better ourselves through education and proper eating. Proper eating is difficult, but it can be done and it can be done very successfully if you know what to look for and which aisles of the grocery store to shop.
These will all be topics coming soon.
My new normal
I promised you a table for ease of looking at my daily food and activities. I am hoping I have mastered it here! If not, it will be back to the drawing board!
Until next time, be good to yourself and others!
|Friday, March 20, 2021||Food||Exercise||Blood Sugar|
|Breakfast||Steel Cut Oats breakfast (see recipe at a later date)||Walked 1.8 miles||a.m. fasting was 277|
|Lunch||Grand Pizza Combo|
|Walked 30 minutes||Prior to supper was 369|
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Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at email@example.com.