father was diabetic. I've known it since I was a little girl because
he was the one who never ate sugars and the good stuff that the
rest of the family did. I grew up thinking of my daddy as someone
who had to be very careful about his health; then I started learning
about Diabetes and how bad it is.
I've always been
overweight and after going through many diets and not being able
to lose weight or to be on a normal point on the scale, I went to
the endocrinologist who sent me for tests and the result was: Hypothyroidism.
I started taking medication and a few years after that I was diagnosed
with another hormonal problem: Hyperprolactinemia
caused by a pituitary tumor. It is not easy to lose weight with
both these conditions.
Going through tests
for my hormonal problems one day my Dr. asked me: "Beatriz, what
do you take to control your Diabetes?" I didn't know I had Diabetes!
But it came as no surprise for me. I knew Diabetes runs in a family
and if a parent has it, then it's probable that their children will
have it to, especially if they have weight problems.
It's been almost
9 months since I was diagnosed. I'm taking Glucophage, testing my
blood sugar twice a day and trying to follow a diet, but I have
to confess that I could try harder. I'm not exercising as I should
and I don't feel as good as I would like to. My sugar levels are
close to normal though. But there's so much I still have to learn!