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Diabetes 101

 So I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes about a decade or so ago. All I was told was to take the medication they gave me and lose some weight. Since I wasn't too concerned about the diagnosis I ignored it until recently.

Other than cutting back on the empty calories I ate and drank I didn't do anything but take the medication. Until a couple of months ago when Covid and the distance to my doctors' office required me to replace Metformin (the main drug prescribed for people with insulin resistance) with a natural substitute.

I have been taking the Berberine for a couple of months now and actually doing better than I did with the Metformin at least I feel I am but only time will tell.

With that change, I became more concerned about my lifestyle. When my reaction to ice cream is a hangover feeling the next day it is time to reevaluate.

The first thing I needed to do was figure out whether I was courting type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is due to insulin resistance which is what the doctors told me I have. The next step is to figure out what I need to do besides the Berberine.

People with type 2 diabetes need to focus on healthy eating. Weight loss is often a part of type 2 diabetes treatment plans, so your doctor may recommend a low-calorie meal plan. This could mean reducing your consumption of animal fats and junk food.

Since I am exploring Veganism this month that counts as a focus on healthy eating. For the physical part of it, I am waiting for a SIM card that will allow me to play Pokemon Go and I have a couple of watches for measuring my steps, its a beginning. While I am waiting I have been climbing stairs in my building and focusing on getting up and moving every couple of hours.

Normally I should be testing my blood at regular intervals but I misplaced my metre and everything that goes with it. Tomorrow I am going to go down to Shoppers Drug Mart and see what I can find and get an idea of prices. The Professor has offered his help if it is needed so I should be able to start testing by this time next week if not sooner.

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