Ever have a problem that was not really a problem but can be a problem and that was making you crazy? (if you have not clicked away let me explain. Last February I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes with an A1C of 11.6 (that is really bad since you should be under 5.7).
I was confused about what this meant and I did not know where to start. Keep in mind that prior to being diagnosed, I had already dedicated 3 years volunteering with Por Tu Familia NYC, the Latino Initiatives project of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in NYC. Our main project is “La Feria De Salud” in which we takeover a park in the South Bronx and test thousands of people for free, all while enjoying the atmosphere of your typical Latino street festival. You would think that my first call was to Helene (my good friend who works at the ADA, heading up La Feria. I did not… I spent two weeks scared to eat anything and making myself sick, then I went to a nutritionist that my Doctor recommended. The nutrionist I saw, nice lady but handed me photocopies of photo copies of old outdated nutritional info that was outdated and did not address my main concern… HELLO! I HAVE DIABETES!!!!
In a nutshell… after a lot of reading, talking to a few friends and making lots of mistakes, today my Doctor told me that my A1C is now 6.4. In just 6 months I have lost 12 pounds, lowered my glucose levels considerably making a significant impact on my health and today I feel a lot better than I did last February.
The problem I eluded to in the beginning of my post is… I do not really know what worked, what was it that I did that has made the difference? The reason I do not know, is because I followed advice from like 10 people (all awesome folks) and even received over 20 books from friends, readers and listeners like you that have been thru what I have been thru. The problem is what do I do to improve on this incredible success.
The other day, I stopped by the ADA offices in Midtown and when I discussed this with Helene, she asked me if I was signed up to the Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program… so after months of guessing and trying to treat myself, there was a program that I could have joined for free that would have walked me thru and answered all of my questions.
The kit provides you with the following…
- 5 informational packets including information on how to manage and live with diabetes
- Three free copies of Diabetes Forecast magazine
- Information on what to eat
- Delicious and healthy recipes
- A monthly e-newsletter with new recipes
- Tools to help you manage your diabetes
- Access to our online community and local events
So… although today was an amazing day, I have decided to enroll in this program as if I had just gotten my diagnosis today so that I can now effectively not only beat this horrible disease, but be educated in what makes the difference so that I can help others.
If you or someone you know is living with Diabetes, encourage them to join me and follow the Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program so that together we can Kick Diabetes Ass!
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Buen Provecho…George Torres The Urban Jibaro
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Special thanks to Radames, Juan, Elba, Vivian, Laura, Bianca and Helene for the pamphlets, cook books and resources you have been so kind to send me, I will use them well… and pay it forward.