I’m winning my fight. I cannot lose

tyson awardHere is how diabetes works. If you have an A1C level of 6.0 or above, you are diabetic.

A few years ago my A1C measured 10.1.  A month ago it measured 5.1 and earlier this week it registered 4.7. I am living proof that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed if you work at it and believe in what you are doing. My turn around is due to diet, exercise and vitamins.

That’s it. There is no miracle shake or miracle food. I am doing it the old fashion way and so far it seems to be working.

A year ago I allowed my blood pressure to get too high and it triggered some crumbling veins that I had since child hood. I suffered a stroke and it is the primary reason I no longer work in radio. It was too much stress. It was a terrible event in my life but it caused me to turn my life around and I am hopeful of living a longer life if I keep my regimen going.

It is not easy but at the same time it is not hard. I do not starve myself. I eat, but I ignore my cravings most of the week and give into them on the weekend.

I have lost 43 pounds but my measurement of success is not about weight loss. It is about lower blood sugar and maintaining lower blood pressure. A smaller body is the bi-product and it is the measurement I look at in the mirror that gives me joy and motivation to keep on going.

My doctor had a look of shock when my A1C reading came in. She has reduced my insulin from 25 units a day to 11. I can tell she wants to remove me from insulin all together but wants me to undergo one more test to make sure her readings are 100 percent accurate. I don’t think she quite believes the drastic changes.

I am improving all the time but I don’t believe I am out of the woods yet. A stroke is a very serious illness and my body is still recovering although I function as a normal human being most days and even enjoy a stop at my favorite watering hole now and then.

I am going to beat this. I just know it. Diet, exercise and vitamins are going to be my ticket to long-term good health.  They can be your ticket also.




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Published by terryfoster8

I am a 58 year old retired sports journalist, husband and father of two living outside of Detroit in search of his next big adventure in life.

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