Monday, 15 June 2015

Good News, Bad News and Good News

I had blood tests last week and for the first time I had the HbA1c test for diabetes. I have blood tests every year as I am on blood pressure medication, but this was the first time for this particular one. I was nervous as I had recently had an assessment at Diabetes UK in one of their caravans which showed I am at very high risk of Type 2 diabetes. As per the NHS website

Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is increased if:
  • you're over 40 years of age (over 25 if you're South Asian)
  • you have a close family member with diabetes (a parent, brother or sister)- two parents and my sister had gestational diabetes 
  • you're overweight or obese, with a waist size of over 80cm (31.5 inches) for women and 94cm (37 inches) for men, or 89cm (35 inches) for South Asian men 
  • you're of South Asian, Chinese, African-Caribbean or black African origin (even if you were born in the UK) 
  • you've ever had a cardiovascular disease, such as a heart attack orstroke
  • you're a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and also overweight
  • you're a woman and you've had gestational diabetes or given birth to a baby of over 10 pounds - I've cheated on this as I had my baby 1 week before my glucose tolerance test! 
  • you have a severe mental health condition, such as depression,schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and you're taking medication for it
  • you've been told you have impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glycaemia

I rang on Friday and was told my tests were fine. I felt uneasy as it was the new receptionist so I rang again today and asked to speak to the GP, and asked him to check my HbA1c result. As I expected it was raised at 41 right on the cusp of being pre diabetic. The GP went on to explain the dietary and lifestyle changes I needed to make. I could happily tell him I was well on the way. He looked at my records and said "well done keep going".

I am so glad I have made a start on this, and it's not as daunting as it could be. I am well on the way. I know I am doing all the right things, eating a good diet, getting plenty of exercise, and lowering my BMI from 45 to 42 so far. I know I need to stick with it and be steadfast.

Slimpod says it's inevitable I will look how I dream, however this isn't about looks, it's about health and watching that number go down. The good thing is I don't need to make any lifestyle changes as I've done that already. I can continue with how I am and watch my health improve. I will do this. I have to.

I want to be a fit healthy old person watching my son achieve is goals and dreams, and I need to be fit and healthy to do that. I won't fail this time. 

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