My Journey with Diabetes

SONY DSCI used to be the “F” word. Back in early 2009 I was tipping the scales at nearly 300lbs! It wasn’t long after that when I found out I was diabetic. No big surprise there. I ate like crap all the time and on top of that, diabetes runs in my family. When I first discovered I was diabetic, my A1C was 16. Basically, a normal A1C for a person without diabetes is somewhere between 4 and 5.6. Anything over 6.5 means you have diabetes. Clearly I was well over that mark. The doctor immediately started me on some medications to help control my sugar levels. Those medicines were not cheap, even with my insurance. So after taking them for a while I decided I needed to do something about it.

Finding out I was diabetic forced me to choose between continuing down that road, and possibly dying because of it, or getting healthy and heading this off at the pass. I had grown tired of my knees being the victims of all the extra weight I was carrying around. I was tired of going the the restroom every 10 minutes. I was also tired of being tired all the time regardless of how much sleep I actually got. I never had energy to do anything fun and I would have NEVER attempted an obstacle course race (which now I’m addicted to!)

Four years (and a lot of hard work) later, I am no longer on any insulin or other pill medication that I was on. And although I do have an unhealthy love for Oreos, I have sworn them off this year – completely. I’m now just a tick over 200lbs and feeling great. I recently went in for a check up and my doctor said my A1C level is 7! Since I’m still diabetic and always will be unless they find a cure, he’s ok with that number. Especially considering when I found out I was diabetic my A1C was 16!

logo-control-bigI’ve not taken medication for diabetes now for over a year. It was my decision to stop taking those medicines against my doctor’s advice. I don’t recommend doing that at all, but I was basically forced to since I could no longer handle that financial burden. With diet and exercise I have been able to undo most of what I had done to my body; something not even the medicine could do on it’s own. My diet and exercising have both become pretty lackadaisical here lately. I really need to get both of those back on track, especially if I want to keep my A1C looking as good as it did a couple weeks ago at my doctors appointment.

Now is as good a time as any. Time for some burpees!!!


About John Shue

Just a normal guy in pursuit of happiness.
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4 Responses to My Journey with Diabetes

  1. Jess says:

    That’s awesomesauce that you were able to keep your numbers down without meds. Staying healthy is hard work but it makes for a better life, not only physically but mentally too. We only get one body, and even though genetics could hand us a raw deal, we have to work with what we got. Thanks for sharing.

    • John Shue says:

      It IS awesomesauce! I save so much money now that I’m not paying for prescription medications. I could have included more of my opinion about the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies, but I’ll reserve that for another entry. It could use it’s own entry…it’s THAT bad. You’re right, while healthy living is hard work and takes serious dedication, it’s well worth it in the end. Like you said, we get one body. I’d like to think that I’ll be able to take care of myself well into my 100’s. I wouldn’t want to rely on someone else taking care of me at that point. I spent my early years wearing a diaper; I’d rather not go out wearing one too. 🙂

  2. Keep the awesomesauce coming John. Congratulations to you that you are sticking with this and continuing to be healthy. Ugh on the Oreos … how I miss sitting beside you at work sharing them. Instead I just have a recee cup or two.

    • John Shue says:

      You only miss me there because of my Oreos, huh? I guess it’s a good thing I was terminated then, because I’m Oreo free this year! I do love me some Reece’s cups. Not as much as the Reece’s eggs that are out right now because of Easter being right around the corner. 🙂

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