Change for the Better08 Jul 2005
The good news is: I don't have Diabetes mellitus type 2. The flip side is: I'm well on my way to getting it unless I change my lifestyle, fast.
My sister-in-law is a Heilpraktikerin (alternative practitioner) together with her husband, and I've been helping them with their website Naturheilzentrum Drochtersen. She's started offering a weight-loss program based on optimizing metabolism, and suggested we both start the program together. My Body Mass Index is 35, so I could use such a program quite badly (I'm 174 cm tall, I'll let you do the math).
The first step is a comprehensive blood analysis, so she stopped by a couple weeks ago and took our weights and a dozen vials of blood. Among the blood tests was glucose, and mine was at 129 mg/dl, over the healthy maximum. A big yellow flashing warning signal.
To make sure I didn't really already have diabetes, I went in yesterday for a sugar load test. Drink a cup of sugar water on an empty stomach and check the glucose after 1 and 2 hours. My glucose was way too high after 1 hour, but was OK again after 2 hours. My pancreas is still working, but it's under stress.
I now have a list of about 40 foods I am allowed to eat, all with glycemic indices of 50 or less. I need to eat at least 750 g of vegetables and drink 3.5 l of water per day. I need to plan at least 4 hours between meals, and eat no carbohydrates on an empty stomach. I need to take vitamins and spoonful of linseed oil daily. And I need to exercise. I've invested in a pair of running shoes, and I've started using them.
Since the initial blood test I've lost nearly 2 kg, so it looks like I'm on the right track.