It seems like one day I woke up and type 2 diabetes was detected in my body. I had no clue for how long I have had this disease. All I knew was I was going to the toilet to urinate more often but I only associated it with getting older, due to enlarging prostate as a male. I always tired and my body aching, which I assumed was due to age again. Even though I was never obese, I never got curious when my weight started to decrease without a change in my diet. The interesting fact was, my diet increased, I was almost always hungry, I ate whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted but my weight went down from 185 to 155 lbs in just six months. These were all symptoms of diabetes (Seibel, 2009), especially weight loss and I did not know.
This weight loss occurred because my body refused to use my blood glucose for energy and thus my body fat burnt trying to make up for that energy. I was always feeling weak and fatigued. And I often felt my vision blurry (Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, 2012).
This was my first day as a diabetic and I did not like it. My brother took me to a 20 minute walk with him that day and instructed me to take a walk every morning and slowly increase my time. I would also have to adjust my eating habits and my diet would certainly not contain steaks or beer. It was going to be really hard breaking old habits. But I was hopeful that all these efforts would bring my sugar level down and I won’t have to resort to insulin. I knew I will be doing whatever it took to keep my sugar level low as any negligence could affect my eyesight (referred to as retinopathy in medical terms). A brochure from an MD Seibel (2009) mentioned that it can also lead to kidney, heart and blood vessel disease and I was too scared to even think about going there.