The Heartbreak : Adama’s Fight with Diabetes (2)

Please check the beginning of the story here for a better comprehension of the story.

Her friends were finally able to persuade her to come out of her shell a little and she was able to get another job. But, she couldn’t get over her heartbreak or her depression.
Due to her unhealthy lifestyle, she got obese, lost her job again and then she fell sick and was diagnosed with diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes.

Diabetes? How come?

The shock of being diagnosed with diabetes woke her up. Her diabetes was as a result of her unhealthy lifestyle, so her doctor advised her that a change of lifestyle may help in reversing the diabetes.

With determination and encouragement from her friends, she registered herself in a gym close to her house, and then she started working out regularly. Her doctor recommended a dietitian, who gave her a diet plan to stick to.

Armed with determination, her drugs, her diet plan, positive self-talk and her regular work out, things began to change. She started losing weight, and even though, there were days when she felt like giving up, she kept at it.

Seven months later, as she stood reminiscing about her battle with diabetes, she couldn’t help but be grateful for her friends, dietitian cum counselor and even her determination. For truly, the journey hasn’t been an easy one.

She remembered the days when she thought of committing suicide, due to her depression, but thankfully, she was able to overcome it with counseling, self-talk and positive thinking.

Now, she doesn’t have to take shots of insulin, but she still keeps to her work out schedule and diet plan.

This is a story that typifies how unhealthy lifestyle and obesity can lead to Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas. There are several causative factors, some are under personal control while others are not.

Some factors under personal control are general lifestyle, obesity, bad diet, while those not under personal control includes gender, genetics, ethnicity and age.

Although, there’s no permanent cure for Type 2 diabetes yet, though it can be managed and it is believed that it can be reversed. Reversal here, means that you might be able to stay off medication, but you have to stick to a lifestyle program in order to stay off, while managing it involves sticking to lifestyle program, medication, maintaining blood glucose level etc.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors, therefore a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in preventing it.

What health choices are you making today?

Stay healthy, stay well.