How Type 2 Diabetes Made Me a Healthier Person

By Robert Martinez
Updated 2024-04-03 07:18:15 | Published 2021-01-10 17:57:45
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As the new year approaches, many of us contemplate resolutions, especially those concerning our health and well-being. However, I've found that these ambitious promises often fade away by mid-January. This year, I decided to take a different approach by posing a single question: What if I never had type 2 diabetes? Would my life have been better or worse?

Exploring this hypothetical scenario is like gazing into a reverse crystal ball. If I had never developed type 2 diabetes, I might have never discovered the joy of regular cardio exercise. Before my diagnosis, I rarely exercised, only going for occasional walks or bike rides. But after being diagnosed, I committed to incorporating regular exercise into my daily routine. I gradually worked my way up to an hour of stationary biking, fast walking, or jogging each day, eventually becoming an essential part of my life.

Additionally, I may have skipped weightlifting altogether. Initially, I started with Nautilus machines, but over time, I grew fond of free weights. Three times a week at the gym, I dedicated myself to squats and lunges. On days when I lacked motivation, reading about how weightlifting boosts metabolism and burns calories kept me going. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I adapted by using hand weights, resistance bands, and a barbell to continue my workouts at home. Would I have persisted without type 2 diabetes? Perhaps, perhaps not.

Furthermore, I might have never abandoned fad diets if it weren't for my diagnosis. Prior to being diagnosed, I constantly experimented with various fad diets in an attempt to lose weight. Despite fluctuating on the scale, my weight remained relatively unchanged. However, after learning about the benefits of a predominantly vegetarian diet for individuals with type 2 diabetes, I decided to give it a try. By focusing on non-starchy vegetables, I managed to lose those stubborn 20 pounds and improve my A1c numbers, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

Moreover, I would probably be more stressed if I didn't have type 2 diabetes. As a freelance writer, deadlines and assignments often induce panic and anxiety, which do not bode well for managing diabetes. While I attempted meditation, I discovered that I couldn't remain still long enough to reap its benefits. Instead, I found solace in meditative walking, slowly immersing myself in nature. This practice resulted in lower blood glucose levels. During the pandemic, I also began practicing yoga. Although I am not the most graceful yogi and do not practice daily, I turn to it when I sense things spiraling out of control.

In addition, I would probably have skipped regular checkups if I didn't have diabetes. Without this condition, I doubt I would have prioritized routine visits to the dentist, eye doctor, or internist. However, understanding that diabetes can impact my gums, retinas, and heart has motivated me to remain diligent.

Let me be clear: nobody desires a chronic illness like type 2 diabetes. It is a challenging condition to control and live with, especially when dealing with complications and unpredictable shifts in blood sugar levels. However, reflecting on the past, I see that type 2 diabetes has compelled me to be more attuned to my body and mind, forcing me to take care of myself regardless of how I feel. This lesson is one I intend to carry into the future.

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