The scariest thing about this for me is that I have had NO SYMPTOMS of being diabetic. I have not had an increase thirst; I haven't had blurry vision, no increase in the amount of urine output, no numbness in my feet, no excess fatigue, nothing. Had I not requested a test be done, I would not have known my levels were elevated. It would have taken an illness or a complication of diabetes before I would have been tested and then damage would have already been done.
Now about the “fat” portion of this scenario…I wear a size 12 (or 14 depending on the maker). I do not consider myself to be overly obese or “fat” per se, but since I did have three of the other four “F’s” in my corner I considered myself at risk. I mention this because if you are female and not in the medical chart of “ideal weight” for your height, and/or extremely fit, or if you have any two of the four “F’s” against you, please have the test done. It’s too simple of a solution to a problem that could seriously end your life. It is listed as a silent killer because of the way that it sneaks up on you and slowly destroys you before you even know that you have it.
Today I begin I new chapter in my life, that of being a diabetic. Since I haven’t had any known damage done I am bidding a fond farewell to sweet tea and beginning a 15-minute a night walk around my neighborhood in hopes of reversing the curse of diabetes. And here I thought that I was active with all of my hikes and photography adventures. I pray that this adventure will be short lived, but it has been a wake up call to my life, love and pursuit of happiness for sure!