I am a 57yo male, 6'1", 277 lb. I have not been able to stop gaining weight over the last several years. I am a Coke/Pepsi addict...I like candy, Tastycakes, donuts, and chocolate milk too. Sandwiches on white bread, etc. I like beer too, but I don't drink much, it has been many years since I have been intoxicated.
My blood sugar has always been normal, or maybe a little borderline, and I figured it would stay that way...even though diabetes does run in my family...both sides.
This past week my doctor said I am Type 2 diabetic.
Fasting results: Serum Glucose 157, Hemoglobin A1c 7.4
I was hitting the sodas, candy, donuts hard in the weeks preceding the test.
My doc said he would put me on meds in 3 months if the numbers are still up...I guess I am not sure exactly what is necessary to get them down.
I have stopped the sodas and sweets cold turkey. I am just not sure I can drop the weight (gut). I know loosing weight would help me with all my other issues: BP, sleep apnea...syndrome X.
Anyway, I look at the prospect of a strict diet and get very discouraged. The prospect of getting seriously ill doesn't look so good either.
I think if loosing weight was easy I would have done it by now. Of course I have not been scared up till now.
I am going to talk with a dietitian at the hospital so I guess that will help answer a lot of questions.
If anyone here has any insight to share with me about this I would greatly appreciate it....
Does this one reading class me as a diabetic forever?
Can I correct the insulin resistance?
I don't know how much effort is necessary... is eliminating the 2 or 3 sodas, candy, etc. a day enough?...or is it too late?
I guess I want to ask: what does it take to make a difference in 3 months?
I know a lot of folks are worse off than I am, but I am still kinda worried.
Thanks for listening.