As I have mentioned in the past, I am diabetic. My spouse and co-owner of Support For Home is not. However, her doctor is fond of telling her that we are all either diabetic or pre-diabetic. As he puts it, if you live long enough, you will probably become diabetic.
So, when a new set of Diabetes classes were publicized at Kaiser, we both signed up. I wrote about that class from my perspective a month ago. Usually, such classes have a half-life of about a week. In this case, a month later, significant changes have been made by both of us.
She has now exercised 8 days in a row and brags about it (because I missed one day!). Our diets are significantly different and painlessly so – which means we should be able to sustain them. One of the most important messages from the Kaiser class is that there is no such thing as a diabetic diet. There is a diet which we should all live with, which just gets a little bit stricter for those of us actually diagnosed with the disease. The bottom line is that carbohydrates need to be managed and limited, regardless of whether we are diabetic, pre-diabetic or pre-pre-pre-diabetic.
There are a couple of other changes in our diets that — with the usual caveats of no medical or nutritionist certification whatsoever — seem to be helping.
The long and the short of it is that we can all benefit from my spouse’s doctor’s and our clinical educator’s advice: act like you are pre-diabetic, if you are not formally diagnosed, and you will probably be healthier. But what do I know. I managed to get myself into a diabetic state already! 🙂
In the meantime, best wishes, Bert