Written by Deepa Sapetnekar
Sometime in 2016, I found out that I was diabetic – my sugar level was 180. (The clinical definition puts “normal” blood glucose at 70-120 mg/dL (milligrams per decilitre)
if you’ve fasted eight to twelve hours, or 70-160 mg/dL if you did not fast (https://timesulin.com/what-are-normal-blood-glucose-levels/). I went to my doctor and was prescribed Glycomet GP to regulate my sugar levels. The medicine did not work well, so I just stopped taking them. My life at that point was pretty crazy, given that I was doing an executive MBA program at Booth along with my day job, so focusing on my health was not a priority, given my time constraints and stress.
Come graduation in April 2018, my sugar levels were 300+ fasting and 500+ postprandial. At that time, my doctor told me that I had to go on insulin. I really did not want to do that. Instead, I wanted to try taking my medications along with changes in my diet. My doctor was not happy but agreed to work with me. We changed my medication – I started taking Ziten M, which worked to a certain extent. But the drop in sugar levels wasn’t as significant as I would have liked (in the range of 180/280 over a period of 6 months)
I decided to take the plunge and make my health a priority starting Dec 2018. I started making diet and exercise changes. I went on the Keto diet for 3 months, during which, I saw a huge difference. I am off Keto at the moment but I continue to stay on a low carb diet. I am happy to report that my recent sugar levels are 124/134. I do have a sweet tooth, so I end up cheating once in a while, but it’s still better than where I was before.
I know I have a long way to go, but I am happy with the progress I have made so far. With diet, exercise and some simple breathing techniques, I am hoping to completely heal myself.
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