I’d like to introduce you to Rob Rice. I have had the wonderful opportunity to talk with him and learn about his Diabetes Adventures. They are adventures, right? They’re not? Sure they are.
Rob is in his mid-forties and like so many folks was carrying a bit extra weight. Oh, he carried it well so only his doctor knew he was 40+ pounds over weight; Rob is one of those lucky ones whose weight is evenly distributed. Anyway, he was told he had Prediabetes. What did Rob do? Oh, not much. Sound familiar? If he only knew then what he knows now!
Fast forward a couple of years and Rob has ‘that talk’ with his doctor. You know the one; the one that begins with, “Rob, you have Type 2 Diabetes…”
For Rob, that was a call to action. He could not turn back the clock and not get Diabetes; too late for that. So, he did the one thing he could do: Fight it. Declare War On Diabetes. What did he do? Changed his diet. Got serious about his exercise. And, took his meds as prescribed. His meds were the standard Diabetes Trifecta: Metformin, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure meds.
What happened? He lost weight – like about 40 pounds. His A1c went from just about 8.9 to under 6.0 in about six months and was taken off of meds. He took control and gained victory in his War fast. It can be done! It took me almost three years to get off of meds. The lesson: your mileage may vary, but you can get there.
There were some interesting side-effects from winning his War On Diabetes: He was able to spend more time with his son running, Rob’s exercise of choice, which makes sense since he is a cross country and track coach. Rob’s wife worked to create better meal plans; better meal plans that were heavy on the fresh vegetables and whole grains; and, she included the occasional treat (think ice cream). As a family, they became healthier and have a better quality of life. All of this because of Diabetes. Wouldn’t it be great if he didn’t have the disease?
Rob is a success story. If he could, would he go back and take the diagnoses of Prediabetes seriously? Well, duh. But, since he can’t do that, he is on a campaign to get others to take it more seriously than he did. As a result, he is going to begin to write a series of posts about Prediabetes; what it means, and what you need to do about it.
Please welcome Rob to the War Team. His first post should be up on Thursday.
Rob writes his own blog at: http://rundad.wordpress.com/
As always, thank you for reading.