Why should you control Diabetes? Controlling Diabetes is all over the internet and in every piece of literature you’ve been given since you were diagnosed. It’s assumed that you want to control the disease. But, why should you? Why should you wage War On Diabetes?
The truth is, I don’t know why you should. I don’t know what would motivate you to control your Diabetes.
But, I can tell you why I control mine. Maybe that will help.
I remember when my doctor told me I had Type 2 Diabetes. He came in, gave me my diagnosis and told me I’d be on meds for the rest of my life. He was gentle and kind about it, but also direct. My A1c was 13.0 and he was a bit worried. My first thoughts? The terrible complications I had heard about. In my mind, I had already lost a foot and was looking at dialysis. Folks who know me will tell you I have a fairly powerful imagination.
My doctor went on to tell me about a patient who was controlling their Diabetes through diet and exercise. He explained their exercise was merely walking 30 minutes a day. At that moment, being off of meds was not my goal. Keeping both of my feet was!
So, it was fear in the beginning that got me working right away. It was fear that motivated me to wage my War. It was fear that made me start walking that night. Not far, mind you. But, I walked 30 minutes. I got my meds. Set-up an appointment with a dietician and nurse. Set up an appointment to get another A1c test in 60 days. All motivated by fear of what could happen if I didn’t do something.
The truth is that I was much worse than I knew. I didn’t know enough to know that an A1c of 13.0 was really high. I didn’t know that my cold feet were an indication of poor circulation. I didn’t know a lot!
So, it started with fear. But, you know what I found out? Fear only took me so far. It took me to an A1c of 7.0 and the loss of 60 pounds. I took Diabetes very seriously. And, still do. But, the fear of the disease left me.
So, why did I keep fighting my War? Why did I fight to control it better?
Family. Loved ones. Wife. Sons. Daughter-in-law. Grand children. They are why I fought and continue to fight. They are my reason for winning. I don’t want my life shortened by Diabetes. I don’t want Dialysis controlling when and if I can see them. I want to be able to run with the grand children. To be able to walk in a 10K with my son. To walk on the beach with my other son. To see my grand children graduate from high school, college and attend weddings.
These are the reasons I control my Diabetes. These are the reasons why each day I wage War On Diabetes and why I fight to win. These are the reasons why I lost weight and will keep it off. These are the reasons why I am more careful about my diet. These are the reasons why I walk each night.
And, you know what? These reasons are worth it!
What are your reasons for controlling Diabetes? Your reasons can be fear, or love, or family, or just because you want to do it, or any combination of reasons. The specific reasons don’t matter; it only matters that you fight your War On Diabetes.
You can control the disease. You can be victorious. Just find your reason to win the War
As always, thank you for reading.