I Might Have Diabetes and It Scares Me

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's been a while since I've managed to attend one of these. Mall goers and shoppers at SM Megamall just got treats and special tests at the Health and Wellness Fair. You see, Filipinos have been heavily affected by diabetes and by no means is this a joke. The condition can cause a lot of other things like kidney failure, blindness, heart attack and death so early detection and treatment is vital as one type of it is a lifestyle disease. There were tons of shoppers and people from Mandaluyong city who attended the event to get tips from industry experts and doctors how to counter diabetes, and by the looks of it, they're doing it right.

I guess part of the solution is being educated about how it actually happens. There were real diabetes patients who shared their story on how they found out they have it. If you're tired and you can't explain it, if you're so extremely thirsty even right before you sleep of if you see your urine getting ants on it, chances are, you have it. You should never make it a laughing matter because as I said earlier, you can actually suffer in the end... and we wouldn't want that to happen do we?

Food: They showed us how it is vital to control what you eat and make sure it is either gluten free, or extremely pleasing to the eyes without compromising flavor. There are tons of ingredients out there that can be bought in local groceries which you can add in on your favorite meals so you get to beat diabetes early on.

Keeping Active: You need to make sure you have an active lifestyle. The disease does affect the body but you won't beat it by just lying around and wait for it to happen. You need to workout, make that exercise a part of your everyday routine. If you're at work, at home, or at school, there's no excuse because having a healthy lifestyle takes dedication, work but make sure you also enjoy it. Take some friends along with you while running, do a zumba class (no matter how lame that sounds), or just about any outdoor activity that could make you as great when you didn't have it in the first place.

Now I have a confession to make. I took a test randomly during this event, and I'm quite afraid about the results. The normal blood sugar levels are around 140, but during the random test... when I approached the table to know about it... the one running it told me "You are diabetic right?". Imagine my shock when she said that, because when she told me my result "because it's 340". That means it's like 200% over the normal rate, and you know how I feel? I feel nervous, I feel a little sad that this random test confirmed what I think was happening to me. But I won't let this beat me, I'm changing my habits, I'm cutting out Coke, I'm not eating rice (unless it's Sushi). I will also get myself checked with the Doctor. I don't want to tell you what to do, but Diabetes is serious. If you have the symptoms, go get yourself checked because you'll eventually go tired of your excuses.

I might have Diabetes, and it's scary. I will go to the Doctor and confirm it, but you should too. Thanks to the people behind the Health and Wellness Fair for doing this event, if I didn't take that random test I wouldn't have known that it was time to go to the doctor (I will today.).

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