“Youknowyou’re going to become a diabetic, don’t you?” Said my doctor as we went over my blood work.
I suppose I know this - I just thought that I could keep it at bay a bit longer.
I just had my blood work done, and although my numbers are pretty good, my glucose was 106 mg/dL. This is the indicator that I’m on the path my father, mother, sister, and brother have trod before me - the path to full-blown type 2 diabetes.
I told him my family history, and for him, there was a certitude in his pronouncement - it was just a matter of time - you can run, but you can’t hide.
Now, here I am in the home stretch to year 5 of a low carb lifestyle (with numerous little transgressions into high-carb territory) and part of me thinks: low carb failed me - I was hoping it would prevent this.
Another part says: your glucose 2 years ago was 98 - perhaps you have slowed the progression of a disease that struck your parents and siblings with a vengeance. And - don’t forget - you’ve kept off 60-65 lbs. My doctor expressed surprise at this, saying that the long-term weight-loss chances are about the same for low-carb and low calorie dieting, which, with a moment’s reflection, doesn’t make a bit of sense: if the weight-loss chances werelessfor low carb, there should be surprise on his part.
He’s a nice fellow, but I suspect he’s not at all convinced that this low carb stuff is valid.
Anyhow, his main recommendation was to exercise more, which for me, is easy: since my current time exercising iszero, anything resembling exercise is a plus.
Partly because of his recommendation, when I got home, I took my daughter and our bikes and cycled along theRaritan Canal, which was fun (though I didn’t like the exercise part).
So now I begin my research into insulin resistance. As this condition is a big part of low carb science, I am not unfamiliar with it, but when it doesn’t impact you directly, it’s somewhat academic - like frog biology.
So here I am reading about it with a deeper, more renewed interest. So first, it’s off toWikipedia- the freewheeling, anyone-can-contribute encyclopedia that proves the old about an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters would produce all the works of Shakespeare - or at least an online encyclopedia.
Wikipedia says, and I quote:
Which, frankly, becomes this as I read it:
So the result, once I’ve trudged my way through the blah blah, is:
Ok - next up are the symptoms - again from Wikipedia:
Some of these are great symptoms for the hypochondriac - they are so vague, and can be caused by so many other factors, that each of us can cuddle our symptoms in their embrace and claim our fatigue is from Insulin resistance, when it could also be from a dozen other things.
I do notice that I feel a bit sick after eating too many carbs - and I do feel a sense of swelling up. Those do fit the symptom set above, so maybe we’re on the right track.
So next up - what causes this?
I got the blah blah thing going on again. Translated so people who don’t feel the need to pretend they are smart can understand:
So what to make of all this?
I think I had a mental rationalization that said that, as long as I could keep the scale from going up, eating junk wouldn’t harm me. I had focused on weight alone as my indicator of health. I also have my wife, who thinks at 200 lbs., I’m just fine in the weight department.
Now I can’t hide behind these rationalizations. A reduction in weight will help in insulin response. Exercise helps here, too.
Maybe the silver lining here is I have fewer rationalizations to hide behind. I think a big part of attaining optimal health is a mind game - it’s not only what you eat, but what you think.
Oh, and there’s one other motivation I have: I want to prove my doctor wrong.