|Past three week weight history|
This app is full of information in the pull down buttons, and everything can be explored for more detailed views. I like the big picture that this app provides me, with all my info at a glance.
On the good side, or bad side, depending on how you look at it, this app has motivated me to test my fasting glucose. There's a convenient button for tracking it and everything, assuming, of course, that you have a glucose testing kit. I have a history of diabetes in my family (mother, uncle, aunt), as well as a history of high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. And cancer. Let's not forget all the cancer.
Assuming for the moment that I cannot do anything about cancer that I am not already doing, I can be aware of some of those other red flags. For example, I am very happy to know that I do not have high blood pressure, unlike many others in my family. This eliminates one risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Yes, yes, I am still morbidly obese - - a term that did not get its name because it was good for you - - but I am working on that. If I keep working out as I am and eating healthy, I will eventually only be "obese", and then the world is my oyster! A delicious, delicious oyster.
I finally bit the bullet and tested myself this week. First off, I was incredibly inept at working the testing unit and strips my first time out. I couldn't even get a damn blood drop the first dozen or so tries. I know I retain water, but that's a little nuts. After adjusting the puncture depth and wasting one test strip (a costly mistake, as these things cost about a dollar a pop), I was finally able to get a number: 6.2 mmol/L. The numbers were not good, but not as bad as they could have been.
The normal range is 3.89 to 5.55 ish, depending on the scale you use. A range of 5.55 to 7.0 is "pre-diabetes", which means that I am officially at an elevated risk for diabetes. Not that I didn't really know that, what with my weight and family history, but it's a little scary seeing it spelled out so clearly. Anything higher than 7.0 as a fasting glucose level is official, full blown diabetes. Wilfred Brimley level diabetes. Paula Deen level diabetes. Delta Burke level diabetes. You get the picture.
The bad news is that I am at an elevated risk of the big D. The good news is that I am already doing exactly the things I am supposed to do to reduce the risk - exercising 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week, eating healthy, and drinking lots of water. I have already lost around 11% of my original body weight, which apparently reduces your risk of progressing to full blown diabetes significantly. Obviously, there's still an awful lot more weight I can lose.
The next step will be to look at some diabetes cookbooks and see what other changes I need to make to my diet to really help reduce the risk of progressing into full blown diabetes.
I have to admit that it is pretty depressing to have lost the amount of weight I have, and to have made all the positive changes in my lifestyle, to still be pre-diabetic. Perhaps I am looking at this the wrong way, though - - I am pre-diabetic now - maybe last year my fasting glucose numbers would have qualified me to be a full blown diabetic, and these figures represent a huge improvement.
Regardless of the view I take (the glass of diabetes is half full, or half empty), I need to be aware of the reality of these numbers and what they mean. I need to make even more lifestyle changes to ensure that I am doing what I can to control my sugar levels, and to keep from moving into full blown diabetes.