DIABETES SUCKS...MY FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE

29.1 Million Americans live with Diabetes. 

Let that number sink in a little.

That is shocking to me. I know it doesn't differentiate between Type I and Type II, but we know that the majority is Type II. The diet related type. The sugar related type. The type we are able to do something about. 

I feel like Diabetes has become such a common disease that we don't think much about it. I remember being in school for Nutrition studying Diabetes, the focus was all about managing your blood sugar with insulin. Our whole focus was on the number of units of insulin needed per number of carbs eaten.

There was no discussion about helping the clients reverse their Diabetes. Or weaning them off the medication through diet, exercise, and addressing other lifestyle factors. 

Just manage it through insulin.

I know it is difficult to change your diet. Trust me I'm in the process myself. The cravings, the anxiety, the withdrawals. 

Wondering "why can't I have a cookie when she can have as many cookies as she wants without gaining weight". And yes sometimes the inner dialogue sounds that childish. I'm not sure if our inner dialogue has an age. But when it comes to cravings, it sounds like a 5 year old. 

But guess what, managing your blood sugar levels is no walk in the park. 

I'm getting a crash course in it with my husband. 

This is Colin before Diabetes. (and before he met me obviously)

This is Colin before Diabetes. (and before he met me obviously)

You see, my husband Colin is Type I Diabetic. He was diagnosed at 25. He was a young guy, living in the city, in between jobs, and no health insurance when he started getting symptoms. He lost 40 pounds in 2 months. And no he wasn't on a juice cleanse. (See pictures below)

Mother's Day 2010, he collapsed at work. When the paramedics got there they diagnosed him immediately. His symptoms were clear.

Now, this may sound like an argument in relation to health insurance policy in our country. Please, I have no desire to go there. Take that debate some place else. 

5 years later, he is managing his Diabetes, and most health professionals would say he is doing an excellent job. 

This is Colin right before he was diagnosed. (again pre-Lindsey days)

This is Colin right before he was diagnosed. (again pre-Lindsey days)

But we still have to deal with complications. Episodes of anger and irritability when his blood sugar gets too high. Shaking, slurred speech and intense fatigue when it gets too low. 

He always has to have his insulin on him, and something with sugar just in case. 

Every morning he checks his blood. Every time he eats he checks his blood. Every night before bed he checks his blood.

Every morning he takes insulin. Every single time eats he takes insulin. And if he's too high before bed, he takes insulin. 

He never gets a break. He never gets to forget about it. Because if he did he could go into a coma, he could go blind, he could lose limbs, he could lose his life. 

It is no walk in the park. 

This is Colin, with me, and with Type I Diabetes doing pretty well. (also, we're on a beach in Florida so that's a plus for him)

This is Colin, with me, and with Type I Diabetes doing pretty well. (also, we're on a beach in Florida so that's a plus for him)

29.1 million Americans deal with this everyday. 

208,000 Americans under 20 are Diabetic. UNDER 20!

86 million Americans over 20 are pre-diabetic. 

This is scary. This breaks my heart. This makes me cry.

But we can do something about it. You can do something about it. 

It's time to get rid of the sugar. Get it out of the house. Get it out of our schools. 80% of the items in your local grocery store have added sugar in them. It's time to start paying attention and stop buying into that.

Join me in living sugar free. In getting your health back. In getting your life back.

In getting our country back. 

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