When Mr. Solberg was diagnosed with the dreaded “diabetes, type 2” world epidemic, we started experiencing the 5 stages of grief. We have coined it DABDA. The first thing that we did was make jokes which immediately landed us dirty looks from the medical professional or how I like to think of her, Pez, to imitate a pill dispensing automaton who has the power to prescribe medications but lacks the ability to cure the patient.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released data in 2014 that shows 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, that is 9.3% of the population. It is listed as the 7th leading cause of death behind heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.
Although there is no specific information available from the reputable sites, such as the CDC, American Diabetes Association, Mayo Clinic, etc., stating why some people develop this disease and others don’t, the overwhelming statistics show being overweight and inactive are the common thread. The pharmaceutical companies have provided many pamphlets on the pills they can provide and the doctor’s can prescribe them. In the meantime, the insurance companies can decide what they will pay toward these things that only treat the symptoms.
We were handed a pile of prescriptions and told to make appointments with a diabetes education professional which included a meeting with a dietician. We have asked, “Can this be cured?” But it falls on deaf ears.
In 5 months from being diagnosed, Mr. Solberg has lost 40 lbs. and his A1C went from a dangerous level of 11.5% to a safer 6.2%. He still takes his pills and checks his blood, but we have made a big change to following a low carb diet that includes 30-50 carbs per meals and 15-20 carbs per snack as well as at least 30 minutes of activity (walking) per day.
What is your story? I would love to hear your successes and where you may need improvement.