A great idea for pharmacys

I think pharmacys should start letting people check their blood sugar like they check their blood pressure.  Especially considering 79 million people have prediabetes and a lot of them don’t even know it.  Type 2 diabetes is preventable, if you know you are at risk.

“Luckily” I had gestational diabetes. This forced me to learn what normal blood sugars are, how carbs affect your blood sugar and how to manage it.  It’s not fun, but for me, it’s a part of life.  Now that I’ve had gestational diabetes I am at a higher risk of having Type 2 diabetes down the road. Also, I have that pesky family history looming in my shadow.My mother had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me, then type 2 diabetes which led to  kidney failure that caused her to be on dialysis for the last 7 years of her life. All of which shortened her life to 59 years.

As I’m knocking on 30 years, I’d hate to know that I’ve lived half my life.  I want to see Hudson grow up. I want to travel with Josh when we retire. There’s so many things I haven’t done.  God gave me a wake up call last week. I met a woman in bible study who I hit it off with fairly quick. I noticed her checking her blood sugar.  I told her I had gestational diabetes. She told me that’s how hers started. She had it with her first baby. She didn’t take care of herself.  Then, with her second child, it didn’t go away. I went home that day, got out my glucose monitor, pricked my finger and held my breath. 167. High, but not 250 – make me throw up- high.  I checked it again the next morning. 141.  Better, but not the 120 I’d like for it to be.  Checking my sugar brought back all those bad memories of doing it 7 times a day when I was pregnant.

At that moment, I decided I had to make a change. I started lowering my carb intake and making sure I exercised 3 times a week, It only took 4 days and I started to feel better. Not just better, GREAT! I have SO much more energy now. I eat nuts for snacks, I try to limit my carbs to 30 a meal.  I am also blessed to have a best friend who is a dietician and used to be licensed in diabetes education (Steph I hope I called all that right). She’s been helping me make better decisions.

Anyone who knows me knows I am a control freak.  I decided I wanted to take control of this. I wanted to do it on my own, not because a doctor told me I had too.  I’m so glad God opened my eyes to what was going on with my health. I have a very strong feeling this is how my mom’s diabetes started. Looking back,  she took a lot of naps, complained she didn’t feel good etc. If only she had caught hers before it started affecting her health. If only.  I feel like I have found the key to changing my life so I don’t end up like her.

I only wish that others could have the same eye opening experience I had. If people could take control on their own, we might be able to lower the number of people who die every year from this preventable disease.

I’m blessed with an awesome family, great friends and the tools to live a LONG happy life. I say 30 bring it on.

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