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How carefully I had to plan for that one Halloween treat was what made me realize that it was easier to put in the effort to get healthy but still get treats than to get type two diabetes and have to put in that kind of vigilance all the time.
Last year, one of my friends was lamenting that her husband's nutritionist told them that he could have anything in moderation with his diabetes. The problem they ran into, according to her, was that they are not "moderation" people. If you can have a piece "once in awhile" then "once in awhile" turns into every day for them. Her husband, my TKD Grandmaster, developed TypeII diabetes and last year, shortly after visiting with the nutritionist, he ended up in cardiac arrest and while in the hospital for a bypass, they gave him an implantable insulin pump. This was to go along with the implanted defibrillator that he got the year before. This year, he has recieved an LVAD, which is his last implant before getting a heart transplant. This has been absolutely terrifying to watch, much less be on the receiving end! This week I am swearing off junk/processed food and watching what I eat like a hawk. We'll see if it makes any difference for me.

I am in a group along with your bionic friend. I haven't had the diagnoses yet, but I've been prediabetic for a number of years. "Moderation" is impossible.

The original Halloween candy post above and a recent interview with Dr. Oz on Good Morning America convinced me to get serious about the problem. I am truly an addict and it's just as serious an addiction as cocaine or meth.

Dr. Oz recommends quitting all sugar and grains for a week and adding cruciferous vegetables to the daily diet.

I've been doing it for a few days and still can't quite completely eliminate the grains, but I've gotten to where I only eat the grains as the last meal of the day, such as a bowl of cereal before bed.

I'm already feeling better.

I just hope I can remain tapped into my stubborn nature long enough to kick the addiction and then keep at it for the rest of my life.

I don't want implants of any kind nor the kind of death I witnessed a friend with diabetes had.

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