Paul is 55 years old and living with type 2 diabetes.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes nearly 20 years ago. I was very ill when I was first diagnosed and suffered recurrent episodes of severe stomach pain for the first 2 years, where I was hospitalised at least 3 times.
The stomach pain was never diagnosed but my diabetes was out of control and I was regularly recording sugar levels in the high twenties. I was eating like a horse but losing weight rapidly. I eventually saw a diabetes specialist nurse who recommended using insulin and I almost immediately began to get my diabetes under control. I now use 2 types of insulin and inject 4 times a day.
I was asked to go for a check-up just before Christmas and my Hba1c was 89 which is quite high. I was advised to adjust my insulin upwards to counteract this.
Then lockdown came along and I decided that I was going to try and use the time to get fit. I have worked out almost every day since, and the last time I had my blood checked I was told that I was no longer high risk but moderate risk.
This was all down to exercise. I’m now in the process of working with a Dietitian after a discussion with my diabetes specialist nurse who informed me that I needed to increase the levels of protein in my diet and reduce my carbs (which goes against everything I was told when I was first diagnosed).
I now feel much better in myself and tell anyone that, although very tough, high-intensity workouts have set me on a different path and I am definitely feeling the benefit.
Buchi Reddy, Senior Transformation Quality Improvement Lead
Healthcare Professional Feedback
It was fascinating to read your story and what caught my attention were two key aspects.
I agree that a high protein diet can help us cut down carbs and would encourage you to watch the Know Diabetes "Understanding your body’s appetite drive” video to understand why increasing protein and reducing carbs helps with controlling appetite, reducing medication and weight loss.
However, it's important to note that people living with diabetes over many years need to be aware of their kidney function before planning a high protein diet. Regular discussions and checks with your dietitian, GP and other healthcare professionals can help you choose a healthy and balanced diet with an incremental activity plan. Please take a look at our 'World Foods' resources to find information on vegetarian, non-vegetarian and other protein sources to incorporate into your diet.
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