Nobody ever wants to be told that they have any form of life long illnesses that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.
In 2011 when I was diagnosed with having Type 2 Diabetes I thought how will I cope? At that time I didn’t know much about Diabetes but I knew I would have to make some serious lifestyle changes.
Changing any form of habit can be hard but I knew my health was important so it was imperative that I find out as much as possible about my condition and do whatever is necessary to stay fit and healthy.
The first thing I did was to eliminate sugar from my diet. I learned about the different food groups and how my body now function as a result of having diabetes.
As a result of having type 2 diabetes my body does not produce enough insulin. Insulin is very important as it helps our body to manage the glucose (sugar) levels in our blood and helps the body to use glucose for energy.
I knew I had to cut out a lot of food from my diet and that I also had to do regular exercise in order to better help my body break down the sugar that I do consume however natural it was.
I have yearly checkups with my Doctor where I do a fasting blood test (no foods or drink except water is allowed to be consumed 8 to 10 hours before the test).
They conduct what is known as a HbA1c check. The term HbA1c refers to glycated haemoglobin. This develops when haemoglobin, a protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout our body, joins with glucose in the blood, becoming ‘glycated’.
By measuring glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), we can see how well our diabetes is being controlled and get an overall picture of what our average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks/months.
For people with diabetes this is important as the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.
The HbA1c target for people with diabetes to aim for is:
* 48 mmol/mol (6.5%)
For people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin A1c level is below 42 mmol/mol (6%).
Since being diagnosed with diabetes and having to take Metformin tablets before my meals, it has been my wish to stop taking these tablets in case they affect me in the long term.
I do not want to live on tablets for the rest of my life and have been doing my utmost best to keep my health in check.
To be told that I’m now back in the normal range is a massive relief. I’ve been so happy and can finally start weaning myself off these tablets.
I now have to ensure I maintain a healthy diet and keep up with my exercise in order for me to remain diabetic free.
My health is very important so I’ll do whatever it takes to live a stress and tablet free life.
I am one blessed and highly favoured child of God!!