Today I was officially diagnosed as having diabetes by my physician. I had been seeing a nurse practitioner at work who sent blood work to a lab and revealed a high glucose level. At home my glucose levels were high on a daily basis too. So after a visit to the doctor who looked at all the evidence I got official confirmation about this.
With any diagnosis like this it requires changes and commitments. Altering my diet to eat healthy is a first start then exercise and of course medication. The picture on the left shows my new testing meter and a injection pen that will dispense medication to help my body use insulin better. I have to be committed to these changes because if you don’t manage it well it will shorten your lifespan. Diabetes can change your whole body chemistry and it requires daily care.
According to the American Diabetes Association there are 25.8 million people in the United States, or 8.3% of the population, who have diabetes. So I can say I am now a statistic but this to me is not a death sentence but its a second chance to have a better lifestyle. Keeping a positive outlook is a good thing when dealing with anything in life. I am ready to start this journey with my wife who has been diabetic for several years. Today is the first day of a new life.