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I was 25 when after having to get up at least 5 times a night to use the bathroom and my unquenchable thirst. I went to the doctor. He did a few tests, and when he got to the bloodwork, my veins draw glucose level was 927. The normal is 85-110. Needless to say, diabetes is my foe!
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I write this as a cautionary tale that newly diagnosed diabetics can learn from. It is not just that you can’t have that candy bar. Diabetes has caused me to have both of my lenses in my eyes replaced, 3 heart attacks, ED issues that led to surgery, and my legs are numb from just below the knees due to neuropathy. My feet have atrophied, so I have horrible cramping and balance issues. I did not take it as seriously as I should have, and now, I have to live with these issues and more like future kidney failure, complete blindness, and even possible amputation of limbs.
Read more: Diabetes Really is the Silent Killer
I tell you all this, not for sympathy, I did this to myself, but to give you the push to take yours seriously. There will be times when you say to yourself that you are tired of the shots or pills and if you have to deprive yourself, it isn’t worth it. Believe me, it will happen. I have gotten so depressed at times I would just throw my hands up and say this is enough! I don’t want to deal with this anymore! Then I look into my children’s faces and my loving wife and realize, this is what makes it worthwhile. Please take it very seriously. You will be missed, and you will miss out on all that life does offer. God bless.