I have diabetes since 2001. Before I was diagnosed I never knew much about it except that everyone keeps telling their grand parents who have it to not add sugar in their coffee or not eat sweets. Well, I wasn’t a grand father so I was puzzled as to why I became diabetic just when I entered 30s.

It seems that diabetes is in your genes waiting to explode. The trigger typically happens later in your life but due to the rapid changing lifestyle of my generation, it happens much sooner. The typical triggers are obesity, sedentary lifestyle, over eating (or bad eating) and stress. Well I know a lot of people who are obese and overeat but they are not diabetic. Your gene vulnerability also matters. So, in my case I got diabetes as a birthday gift from my parents – which I opened in 2001 🙂

There’s the glass-half-empty and glass-half-full point to this story but I am not going to delve into it. To cut the long story short, after a full year of 5 stage grieving and periodic ups and downs, the current reality is still a struggle to maintain blood sugar levels.

In the past 10 months it had gone way off balance and even after heavy medical dosage there is no suppressing this glycemic tsunami. 1 month ago my doctor then suggested that I use insulin even though I am Type 2. I was hesitant at first but now I am a convert. Thanks to the medical advancements, the process of injecting insulin has become very easy, almost painless and doesn’t hinder my daily activities. Within two weeks, my glucose levels came down and they are bordering normal levels today. I can’t feel any great mentally and physically.

The point of this post is that like my folks I had apprehensions initially when I was put on insulin. Typically this is not understood as good news. Today I think it is completely misplaced. My limited knowledge of this disease tells me that insulin has far fewer side effects and more effective than oral medication (I am taking both insulin and oral medication today). When I visit my doctor next I am going to discuss if I can continue on insulin and reduce oral medication. I have to thank medical advancements for this.

(In my next post I will discuss a little more about the causes, biological nature and various treatments of diabetes)

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