I'm "pre-diabetic", trying to control this with diet and exercise after some high blood sugar tests this fall. Since my mother and grandmother both were diabetic (and were killed by the disease
), I shouldn't be surprised by the turn of events. To make matters worse, I am
overweight - an apple! So, I guess I'm fighting heredity. At the same time, I've found that I can
actually achieve lower blood sugar numbers by what and how much I eat and by exercise. I'm determined to do the best I can to control this my way. (If I really can't, then I'll go on whatever medication is needed but I hope it doesn't come to that.) The way I look at it is that the majority of us in the States eat too much and eat food overloaded in fats and sugars.
I lived overseas for several years and when I came back to the States, I was struck by how overweight people were here, how large the portons were in restaurants and the "all you can eat" buffets and how much dessert is eaten so often. Somehow during the 20th
century, we went off track and now we're trying to get back on. It doesn't bother me that I'm constantly reading about
this and diabetes and apple, pear body types, etc. I know the enemy and it's me.
No one tells me what or how much to eat. I'm the one in control of my fork. It's taken me 58 years to finally realize I'm the only one who can control this, or to control it as best I can if my body cooperates. I wish I had taken this more seriously years ago but it took these blood tests to scare me straight. So, even though I have slid a spoon of mashed potato or two into my mouth this last week, I'm back on my sensible road because I do know it's all up to me. I"m not admonishing you; this is reinforcing me!
Hang in there, Valerie. I wish we didn't have to meet on this forum but here we are and because we are
here, we care enough to take care of ourselves the best way we can.