employers have a local GP (General Practitioner) come into the company
and perform regular health tests on its employees. Two years ago
I had no problems, at my examination in March 2001 a urine test
indicated high glucose, the doctor gave me a letter to take to my
own GP asking him to investigate. The subsequent blood test showed
a bg (blood glucose) level of 19.0mmol/L (342mg/dl).
My wife is a nurse
and had noticed me drinking large amounts of lemonade. She had already
told me she suspected diabetes, but I did not believe her. My GP
(and me) hope that I can keep my bg down on diet and excercise,
so far this seems to be working. My bg's today have all been in
single figures 8.0/8.7/8.5/9.0.
I never thought
that I over ate, but, being honest, I did. I have always been fond
of high-carb foods particularly bread/rice/pasta. Though I have
not adopted any particular diet, I make sure that my carb intake
is low and also take care not to include many fats. One of my great
delights is cooking and I have been particularly careful about what
I cook. Consequently, my family have all been eating healthier recently,
they have noticed the difference, but have not complained, quite
the opposite. If you want a good cookbook I quite like "The
Everyday Diabetic Cookbook" by Stella Bowling, published in
the UK by Grub Street (In USA and Canada, see Everyday
Cooking for Diabetics).