501’s, Surprises, and Unintended Benefits


Clinton was President. Technology as we know it today was in its infancy.  The world still held mysteries; I could dream of the Baghdad described in Arabian Nights.  And, I wore Levi 501’s.

You know what 501’s are, right?  Those iconic button-fly jeans from Levis that wear like iron and fit so wonderfully.  I loved ’em.  You couldn’t wear them out.  There were Levis – and then there was everybody else.  Then I got a bit older…my body changed (okay, I gained a little weight – not much) and those wonderful 501’s didn’t fit quite right.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago.  I have Diabeetes – no news there, right?  And, because I work to control it, I lost some weight.  I lost the weight as a result of fighting to control Diabetes – it just happened and is a wonderful by-product.

About a year ago I tried on a pair of 501’s just to see what they were like; how they fit me. They weren’t quite right, so I figured that I was too old to wear them; that my body had permanently changed and what I found to be comfortable at one time, was no longer comfortable to wear.  I was okay with that.

Today, I saw a display of 501’s and I thought what the heck.  I have been exercising more…maybe they might fit.  So, I grabbed a pair and went into a changing room.  With a bit of fear I pulled them up and buttoned the fly…the same old motion I did years ago.  And…they fit!  They were comfortable.  501’s were back in my life!

But, this is not a story about Levis.  It’s a story about the unintended benefits that come from controlling Diabetes.  For me, today was about Levis.  For me, each day is about a healthier me.  Not just controlling Diabetes, but because I fight each day through diet and exercise, I am healthier.  In fact, during the last two years I have enjoyed better over-all health than in the previous 25 years.  That was an unintended benefit of controlling Diabetes.

Is fighting a War On Diabetes easy?  No, but it’s not really that hard once you develop new habit patters.  There might be diet changes; and by diet I mean what you eat – not some fad diet.  A diet that is a bit lower in carbs and heavy on the fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  In two words, a ‘balanced diet.’

And, you might have to add a bit of exercise.  Work your heart just a bit.  Burn a few calories.  As a result of my bit of exercise – again it was unintended, I am not as hungry and eat less food.  Less food means fewer carbs going in which results in lower glucose readings.  I know it doesn’t make sense on the surface, but it works.  Give it a chance.

And, take your meds as prescribed.

Diet.  Exercise.  Meds.  Just three things to do.

What is your 501?

As always, thank you for reading.


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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