Neil Barsky at The Guardian:
One gray Sunday in the middle of the Covid lockdown, I received an unwelcome call from my family doctor. Until then, for virtually my entire life, I had managed to stay out of a doctor’s office, except for routine checkups. My luck had run out.
“I am sorry to disturb you on a weekend,” she said. “But your tests just came back and your blood sugar levels are alarming. I am pretty sure you have diabetes.”
Barsky controls his diabetes with lifestyle changes.
I did the same more than 10 years ago—diet, exercise, and losing 100 pounds of weight.
My diet is different than Barsky’s. I do eat carbs—pizza on Fridays, plenty of fruit every day, and 4-6 cookies as a bedtime snack.
But I eat a lot less carbs than I did in my pre-diabetes life.
I rarely eat sandwiches anymore, or potatoes, nachos and other chips, or rice.
I almost never have a burrito anymore, even though I live in a Mexican-food capital of America,
I do miss that Mexican food.
I question the advice that the author initially got from his doctor. When I was diagnosed with diabetes, 20 years ago, my doctor told me that both lifestyle changes and medication were the answer to managing the disease. Barsky’s doctor seemed to brush off lifestyle changes and focus just on meds.