April 16, 2016

Diabetes Can Kill You

DiabetesKillYouCover102014“One of the best stories I
have ever read dealing with surviving and bouncing back from the brink as a result of having diabetes related life threatening complications.”

There are over 400 million people in the world who are diabetic. More than half do not realize they have diabetes. Every 6 seconds somewhere a diabetic dies falling victim to a diabetes-related complication.
My diabetic journey began nearly thirty years ago when I was diagnosed as having Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes. I was not just a diabetic, I was an out of control, raging diabetic. As a result of initially not tightly controlling this disease, I have suffered diabetes related complications: vision loss, heart disease and heart attacks, kidney failure and blood circulation challenges.

“You’re going to be blind in 6 months.”

At one point, I was at the brink of going blind. One ophthalmologist went as far as telling me that I should get my life in order as I was going to be blind in 6 months. In the book I relate what I did so this would not happen to me. Thirteen and a half years later, although visually impaired I continue to have my vision.

Diabetes-related high blood pressure caused my heart disease (and three heart attacks!) leading to my having to undergo emergency bypass surgery.

My kidney transplant occurred a few weeks
before I was scheduled to start dialysis.

Over 118,000 people are currently on the national waiting list to receive a transplanted kidney due to their failing kidneys. The vast majority find themselves in End Stage Renal (Kidney) Disease as a result of their diabetes. I discuss my own kidney failure and subsequent kidney transplant a few weeks before I was scheduled to go on dialysis.

I’m no longer on insulin or any other diabetes medication.

In spite of my complications – and at times wrong medical advice – I am able to tightly control my diabetes with diet and exercise. I also include in the book, the meal plan which has worked for me as well as my typical exercise routine.

Hopefully “Diabetes Can Kill You” will help you or the ones you love, avoid the ravishment of diabetes.

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