Following several years of feeling unwell, tires, unfocussed and not knowing what was going on, it was a bit of a relief o find out just what it is that had been wrong. I read a statistics lately that said folks with high glucose levels can have a 20% decrease in thinking skills and memory. I used to say I feel some hungover today as I ploughed through the fog.
Diabetes is the result of the body not creating enough insulin to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in the normal range. Everyone needs some glucose in their blood, but if it's too high it can damage your body over time.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the cells in the body don’t recognize the insulin that is present. The end result is the same: high levels of glucose in your blood
While it cannot be cured, it can be managed through diet and exercise and by taking tablet medication. Healthy food choices and staying active is critically important. Losing weight helps your body use insulin better.
One of the most frustrating things for me is going to bed after a day of respectable glucose readings o wake up with an unexpectedly high level. I know that the body compensates for long overnight fast creating a surge in blood sugar but darn it - mornings can be tough.
More than ever, I am anxious, sad and fearful about the this disease.
Everyone has their own personal choices to make about the way they choose to live with their diabetes. I keep reminding myself that the only person I am cheating, when not following the road to my goal, is myself.