I got a twitter response and it really excited me. It showed me the information a patient received was being put into practice. This person was taking their life into their hands and not blaming anyone for their lack of motivation to go workout, change their nutrition, and get healthy. I commend them for their incredible success. Type II Diabetes Gone! no more medications for this patient. How great must that feel? they have conquered a known disease that in the long run would have led to multiple issues like high blood pressure, peripheral vascular disease, glaucoma, blindness, obesity, etc. As a person who can relate with this evil disease, it makes me incredibly happy to see someone take their health into their hands and conquer it. Like @theRock says, “Boots to Asses.” Boots to asses of diabetes Type II.
I’ve been trying to rid this evil disease in my family. I started with my father. He was on metformin and was also on some hypertensive medication. Let me give you a little background as to what his daily life is like. He owns a restaurant that seats roughly 100 people. There are multiple employees to take care of. There is the minute details that he has to worry about every morning. Not only this, the stress of providing for the family and that the business truly relies on his shoulders is an ever lasting stressor. People who own their own business can relate to this. It’s stressful. Eating is difficult. Taking medications is difficult. Just staying on track trying to live a normal life is difficult. When most people are resting, you are working. when most people are enjoying time with their families on a friday night, you are serving them at the restaurant. When most are sleeping in on saturdays, you are out of bed getting ready to serve the next group of customers. This can all occur even if you are an employee. This is just an example of the “busy-ness” we live in these days. In turn, our health goes down the gutter.
Knowing some of the risks that come with diabetes I was afraid every time my father held a knife, knowing that there was a possibility of him not healing well secondary to his diabetes. I knew that there was also an issue with long-term vision loss. He would also have issues with his feet if he didn’t start to take care of himself. It became a scary thought. We had to change things. I needed to help bring him back to baseline or as close to it as possible. so we had a deep father-son conversation and I shared with him what it would be like to not play golf with his grandkids, look at his grandkids, hold his grandkids, or even be able to walk around with his grandkids around the block. at this point of the conversation I had to let reality truly set in for him to realize what were the long term consequences. He agreed to change his diet and stop smoking. Two big factors. First I wanted to change his diet.
We cut out major carbohydrates out of his diet. For 19 days he had no carbs, minimal. Breakfast was initiated. He sometimes didn’t eat until noon the following day. It was a horrible sequence. With the assistance of my mother he started eating a nice omellete in the morning with some veggies. he hated this. coming from a korean family, rice was the staple of every meal. I told him to suck it up. He started on vitamins, fish oil, etc. He ate meals every 2.5-3 hours consisting of fish, meat, veggies, nuts. He tried to workout 3-4x a week. He slowly stated to shed the pounds. He dropped about 20 lbs. Mind you, my father was not obese, or even close to it. He was slightly overweight at best and I think i’m being generous at that.
After 3-4 weeks, he calls me and lets me know how he is doing. The first thing that he shared with me was his surge of energy. He said he is not as tired anymore. He told me that he didn’t need his afternoon nap. The one thing that got me really excited and knew that his issues with diabetes were resolving was when he told me about his eyes. after the lunch rush he would always have to close his eyes because the pressure in eyes would start to build up. He would have to close them for at least a half hour, not because he was tired but because the pressure was tremendous. I never knew this. This was the first time sharing this. He then proceeded by telling me that since he has had his diet change, that he has not needed this nap for the past week. It broke me. My father was getting better. His body was changing and his blood sugars were normalizing. It was an incredible sequence for me and my family.
When I saw him a few weeks later he showed off his belt to me. He said I’m running out of notches, and showed me his pants were too big. I let out a big chuckle and we hugged. I knew that he was excited to see changes. One day, one week, or even one month at a time is what it takes to continually change. I told him on the 20th day he could have one meal where he could eat whatever he wanted. We enjoyed a nice dim sum lunch.