My Diabetes Scare, Part 2

It’s been about 4 or 5 weeks since I first went to the dreaded urgent care, where I found out my blood sugar from a finger test was through the roof. One thing that I'm very glad I did was to trust my judgment and take immediate action. The doctor suggested I take medication, and I realized that should not be the first option, or the only option, or better yet, even an option. I have lost over 13 pounds in 4-plus weeks simply from a change in my diet. I run and jog now and that is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have taken this so-called “death sentence” and turned it into an opportunity to live better.

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It’s been about 4 or 5 weeks since I first went to the dreaded urgent care, where I found out my blood sugar from a finger test was through the roof. One thing that I'm very glad I did was to trust my judgment and take immediate action. The doctor suggested I take medication, and I realized that should not be the first option, or the only option, or better yet, even an option. I have lost over 13 pounds in 4-plus weeks simply from a change in my diet. I run and jog now and that is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have taken this so-called “death sentence” and turned it into an opportunity to live better.

I have been in contact with many well-known doctors and people who live with diabetes, and I have come to know many well-known celebrities that have diabetes. I am now creating a book especially for children with diabetes and a new blog dedicated to those with diabetes, as well as website for people just like myself, people who have no idea what to do, where to go, and how to live with this disease.

I took a full battery of tests, and the results showed that I am very close to having full-blown diabetes. I am very glad he didn’t even suggest medication. He saw my progress and said he wanted to re-test me in a few months and to keep up whatever I have been doing. I'm so excited about that news!

I can say that this is a long road and I'm learning everyday. One thing I do realize is that we can control the quality of our health, to some degree. I have changed the way I eat and the way I exercise. I used to be a weightlifter and found I was very bulky and doing little to no cardio exercise. I now fully focus on cardio with very little weights. Maybe I am getting older and wiser, but the vanity side of me seems to be dwindling away. I am on a full mission to educate people and help people who have doctors throwing medication at them, without allowing them to first lose weight, exercise and keep a regimen that could change and save their lives. I do wonder if it is easier to just throw medication at someone because we seem to be a nation with very little discipline when it comes to our eating habits and lifestyle habits.

Let’s be real now. We know people who have throat cancer and still smoke after major surgery and the diagnosis of, “If you do not change, you will not live much longer.” I still see people who have high cholesterol and diabetes eating like they are 18 years old with nothing to be worried about. This is my life change and an eye-opener for me. I want this to have the same effect on others as it did for me. In a way, I am glad this took place in my life. It has added new purpose for me. It has put me on a brand new journey, one I would have never embarked on if I had not gotten sick. It has made me a better person and allowed me to view life with more vigor.

My dream is to be an advocate for diabetes and gain the education that could change lives. Change lives not only for those with this disease, but change lives in general. There are many that need someone who really cares, and I pray my new journey will be met with much success. Follow me and let’s see the hope that awaits us.

Blog written by Charles Mattocks
Charles Mattocks, aka The Poor Chef, has made a name for himself as the author of Eat Cheap but Eat Well. His meals are healthy,...