As I sat nervously waiting in the doctor's room, I felt the bad news coming. I had been unwell for weeks. It was the festive season, and I thought my lethargy and faintness was from doing too much socialising. But as my doctor read out my blood results ("they’re too high, you’re literally one Paddle Pop away from Type 2 Diabetes") I knew what needed to be done. I had to lose weight.
Having a family with a history of Type 2, and myself having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), the daunting thought of shifting the weight that has taken me years to gain gave me an intense feeling of dread. For so long I have tried dieting, exercise and horrific weight loss pills, but nothing worked.
After doing research on PCOS, it’s unbelievably easy to gain weight. Sugars, carbs and basically anything that was indulgent would be the worst thing I could possibly consume.
I broke down in tears, explaining that no matter how hard I tried in the past, it was so hard for me to shed kilos. It’s impossible to believe someone with as much energy as me with ADHD, who literally never stops, couldn’t lose weight.
But heck, I tried. And then the doctor suggested something, a diabetes management drug. She explained to me that it would help me lose weight, and therefore reverse diabetes.
However, there was a catch. There always is. She wouldn’t put me on it unless I changed my lifestyle habits. I needed to see a nutritionist with knowledge of pre-diabetes and I needed to start exercising way more than one walk a day.
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