My childhood friend recently found out that he has Type 2 diabetes and that he had to take some diabetic supplement which contained alpha lipoic acid. He is borderline obese and sits at his desk 10-12 hours a day. He is an IT specialist and that is what he does all day, just sit down. He is very sedentary, eats whatever he likes (a whole box of cheese pizza, for example) and he is not the athlete type who likes to exercise.
But when we went to the doctor, it was explained to him that if he did not change the way he lived his life, he will be sick all his life and never get better. What’s worse is that he can die prematurely. He was prescribed a diabetic supplement that he had to take religiously and on the dot. His doctor also said that in order for him to get back to his healthy glucose levels, and if he wanted it to happen, he has to eat right and get fit. That was the only way. As his closest friend and almost Reversirol family, it was upon me to help him achieve all that and be healthy.
I went to his house and threw away everything inside his ref. He had all types of sugary foods there which I disposed without hesitation. I also bought him an additional diabetic supplement in the form of a tea drink called bitter melon. My grandmother said that it can help fight cancer and regulate blood sugar. I searched for it online and there it was – bitter gourd. For diabetics, the tea is a great help for regulating blood sugar which he definitely needs.
A dietitian provided him an eating guide that he is required to follow which coincided with his blood sugar supplement. I bought all the ingredients at once for the whole week ahead and planned for the 7 day menu. A sample breakfast for him plus his diabetic supplement is a bowl of whole grain cereal and half a cup of unsweetened low fat milk. I also added some berries to this mix. For his morning snacks, a smoothie made of yogurt and a cup of peaches or a combination of fruits. His lunch consisted of a slice of whole wheat bread, grilled salmon (1 serving) and asparagus. I also incorporated his bitter melon tea during this time. He wanted an “afternoon delight” and so, I packed him some light tuna on rye with Dijon. For dinner, he was feasting on a chicken taco (whole wheat pita, of course) with an extra side of salsa.
My idea of a diabetic eating lifestyle coupled with diabetic supplement was bland recipes oh but no, his menu was so engaging, even I was tempted to try it for myself. I needed to lose some fat and weight as well. The food was tasty.
We both enrolled in a gym nearby and started to exercise. So that he will not skip out, I was his gym partner. We jogged 15 minutes daily for 6 days a week. After that, he did a little bit of boxing for about 30 minutes (with rest) while I was into yoga. After that, we did some cool down exercises together.
He has been doing this for almost 2 months now and the scale started to show progress. He is definitely feeling better and his diabetic supplement intake was still necessary but at least there is improvement. Diabetes can be fought with proper eating, regular exercise, meds and discipline. Healthy glucose levels, here we come! Blood sugar supplement, thank you!