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I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes approximately 9-10 years ago and at the time I weighed 188 lbs.  My GP told me I was obese and I was insulted by that statement.  However, he never recommended anything else, so I let it go until I went to a doctor who replaced him.  He discovered I hadn't had a blood test in 3 years and the result was 11 mmol/l  (198 mg/dl).  I was stunned to learn that I was a Type 2 diabetic when up until then, I had taken  a blood test every year.  So how could this happen?  Anyway, when my doctor told me I was a diabetic, he also stated that 3 years prior, my glucose level was 7.5 mmol/l (135 mg/dl).  He then went on to say - "they didn't worry about it unless it's 7.9 mmol/l (142 mg/dl)."

Once the shock was over, I found out that the Lakeshore Hospital on the Island of Montreal was giving 2 half day education sessions on how to handle our sickness.  I went and learned a lot about this disease and lost between 40 - 45 lbs very quickly.  I also gave up my handfuls of cookies!

I was thankful in a way, to find out when I did, so that I could now look after my health.  I always had a very strong constitution and this helps alot!

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  • I am a guest blogger replacing FatCatAnna while she is on her well-earned vacation.  
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    I want to talk to you about a recent experience I had with the McGill Health Center in Montreal as part of a research in food and diabetes.  Before beginning the sessions, we were evaluated at the Montreal Chest Hospital.  We walked the treadmill breathing through a tube, blood pressre was taken, blood tested, weight taken as well as measurements through the waist and hips.  Following this evaluation, we were treated to 18 weeks of cooking lessons with a chef who had a Mediterranean background.  We were provided with a cook book and a pedometer to count steps.

    The cooking lessons began on May 15th and ended on October 30th, 2010.  I chose to join the Saturday group which took place at Loblaws located on St. Jacques Street.  There were 15 of us, all Type 2 diabetics, male and female.  Approximately halfway through the cooking lessons, we were down to between 8-9 participants.  These were free cooking lessons with a real chef.  I found it unbelievable that anyone would quit.

    Our goals varied.  Mine was to lose 10 lbs. by the end of the sessions.  I lost 15 lbs, reaching my ideal weight for my height.  My BMI was very good.  Our weights were recorded weekly as well as the number of steps.  My average during this time period was between 13,000 and 15,000 steps a day.  Not hard to do.  I just put the pedometer on first thing in the morning and took it off at bedtime.

    Our nutritionists sat with us while we ate what we cook and went over various things we needed to know about nutrition, reading labels, and exercise.  I now know how much sodium I am allowed.  After 9 years of being a Type 2 diabetic, I can finally read the labels properly.  We are allowed sodium levels between 5% and 7% of our daily value.  Not easy to find, but doable (if that is a word).  My blood pressure is now normal because I am very conscious of sodium levels in processed foods.  I am now becoming a better cook, cooking more of my own foods rather than buying processed foods which are loaded with sodium, fat and sugar.  

     At the end of the 18 cooking sessions, we were again evaluated at the Montreal Chest Hospital to see what if any changes took place in our diabetes.  We again walked the treadmill breathing through a tube.  Our waitlines and hips were measured.  Blood tested and blood pressure taken.  Definitely, I did better this time than the first evaluation before May 15th.  I also feel much better.  I lost enoug weight that I had to change my wardrobe.  I was very happy to do so.  What we were required to do over the 18 sessions, worked.   I still walk a lot and watch what I eat.
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