Oh No! Not More Health Cr@p!

18 08 2018

Whenever I have a birthday, soon after, I get more bad news on my health. This year’s was a humdinger! 😦

As I’ve moved to a new area, so therefore a new doctor’s, he did a thorough check-up of my health. All was okay but he said he’d like to take blood tests for more general tests. I said fine and made an appointment with the nurse.

When I had my three phials of blood taken, I casually enquired what they would be tested for. All the usual stuff – calcium, anaemia, cholesterol, blood count etc. But then she also said blood sugar. I cringed – I’ve been careful never to have my blood sugar checked as food is my joint main hobby along with mountains and I’ve made quite enough detrimental changes to my previously enjoyable diet over the years – I didn’t want to make any more.

A week later, I arrived home to a phone message – could I ring the doctor’s and make an appointment. I knew what this was going to be about. I told Richard there and then I was pre-diabetic – he told me not to be silly as I hadn’t even spoken to anyone yet and was just jumping to conclusions. I just knew though… to be honest, I thought it couldn’t be anything else as I’ve had most of the other stuff checked on and off and knew they were all fine – in 2015 my cholesterol was ‘low’, despite all the butter lakes I consume.

I made an appointment for the doc to ring me and he did last Friday. He surprised me at first and said my cholesterol was high. I said it couldn’t be as it was low in 2015 but he insisted. Then he said “Also, your blood sugar is high – you’re well on the way to Type 2 diabetes”!

I was pretty irked by his tone as it wasn’t a doctor who’d met me and I could hear from his voice he thought he was talking to a couch-potato fattie who munched on take-aways every day and guzzled sweet drinks. He had no idea I was severely underweight just now (worryingly so recently), ate one take-away a month at work, and was, prior to my hip problems, a very fit hillwalker.

I’d spent the whole week before his call reading up on what I had to cut out of my diet and what I should do. All the things I should do I already do. Most of the things I had to cut out (apart from sensible foods like potatoes and wholemeal bread which I do eat) I didn’t eat anyway. All my drinks are calorie-free as I only ever drink black coffee (mostly decaff) and fizzy water. I occasionally have a dash of lime in my soda water in a pub…

Of course, I’ve spent some time wondering why I’ve been hit by this and have come to two possible conclusions. One is that I’ve had to give up all my regular hillwalking – very strenuous it was too – and that has caused my blood sugar to rise as I can’t now exert myself enough.

I’ve tried rowing and cycling but both murder my hip so I can’t do them. I find swimming pretty boring and won’t go to a gym so I’m fairly stuck until my leg recovers (assuming it does after the op – not guaranteed). I do still walk every day – usually managing about 3-5 miles before my leg seizes up completely – I can’t walk as fast as I used to any more though so can’t get out of breath.

The other possible reason would best serve as a warning to other folks like myself. I’ve always been tall and very slim and could eat whatever I liked until my mid 50s when it became possible for me to gain weight if I wasn’t more careful.

Because I could eat whatever I liked, and because I love food, I did! For the first 40 or so years of my life, most days I had three puddings after my evening meal. I knew I couldn’t get fat and didn’t want to have to choose between all my favourites so just had one of each.

I have to admit I also enjoyed the attention from doing this as it got quite a reaction in pubs and cafes – one set of workmen on another table even cheered and gave me a huge thumbs up for a massive, ornate ice-cream dessert I was once having. There’s no doubt about it, many men enjoy seeing a woman who enjoys her food. I think the theory is that women who have a huge appetite for decadent desserts and suchlike have other decadent appetites to match. I’m not confirming that either way 😉

So, life is about to get even more frustrating and boring. I suppose, if I ever do get going again up the hills, I should go for a retest to see if that has helped…


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2 09 2018
Geoffrey Sturdy

It can creep up on you without you knowing – and it isn’t just the sedentary types like me that can get it

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3 09 2018
mountaincoward

No, they were saying on t’internet that a lot of very thin and fit people are getting caught out by it!

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20 08 2018
chrissiedixie

Oh no! That’s certainly not what you wanted to hear! Hope it all gets sorted without too much trouble. I’ve a good friend who was recently diagnosed with type 2 – he’s now fitter than ever and no one can keep up with him in the hills…..

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20 08 2018
mountaincoward

I’m just worried there aren’t enough changes I can make – apart from getting back into the hills for some properly strenuous exercise… I certainly don’t want to lose more weight!

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19 08 2018
Jim R

Well, you didn’t need that. How frustrating.

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20 08 2018
mountaincoward

I really didn’t!

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19 08 2018
RockChick

You poor thing. I hope it all resolves itself soon.

A stark warning for all of us!

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20 08 2018
mountaincoward

I suppose most people, because they can put on weight, eat more sensibly – the many years I ate huge amounts of whatever I fancied probably has done quite a bit of harm.

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19 08 2018
John Bainbridge

About three years ago they told me I was pre-diabetic. I did nothing at the time and a year later they said I wasn’t. I do feel these tests are iffy, as your body and blood sugar can vary day to day.

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20 08 2018
mountaincoward

Yes I think your blood sugar varies wildly during the day. The worrying thing though, was that this was mid afternoon and I hadn’t eaten anything yet that day (I save my food until tea-time and evening) and so you’d think, if anything, my blood sugar would have been low!

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21 08 2018
John Bainbridge

At one time they asked people not to eat before blood tests. Now they encourage it as it makes the test more accurate. The one I had saying I was pre-diabetic was in the old days on an empty stomach. The two since, which said I wasn’t were after a proper breakfast. I should ask to be tested again and have something to eat. They also, in my surgery, only do the tests in the morning for accuracy, as some samples are not tested the same day if they are taken later.

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22 08 2018
mountaincoward

I don’t eat in a morning! 😉 I might ask for a test after I’ve had my afternoon ‘breakfast’ then…

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19 08 2018
markadams99

Carol, Swimming is boring, but it is the cure for almost everything. Here’s what I do every day: 2 lengths freestyle, 1 breast, 1 back, 2 kickboard, repeat that lot, then finish with 2 freestyle or butterfly. Between most lengths I stop and flex my legs and my hips. It doesn’t take long, but here in America it works great as a cheaper form of health insurance and enables me to play 5 games of vigorous football each week tho I’m 67. It doesn’t matter how bad a swimmer you are, just make little adjustments to your technique as time goes by. It will change your life.

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20 08 2018
mountaincoward

I won’t be allowed breaststroke for a long time because of the kick and my hip operation. I don’t like breaststroke anyway – I’m more of a crawler! 😉 I’ve never tried butterfly and wouldn’t have a clue what to do apart from imitate what I’ve seen on the telly…

I used to go with my Mum – she was very lame as her hip operation didn’t work – we used to do a lot of walking up and down the pool using the water for resistance. We also used to sidestep across it and back and do Scottish Country Dance steps – I enjoyed all that far more than swimming!

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19 08 2018
Blue Sky Scotland

You are having a hard time of it. I like my food as well and like you I could eat anything without putting on weight until the last ten years. Now I look as if I’ve swallowed a football but the rest of me is still slim as it’s all around the waistline. I still eat cream cakes and enjoy fizzy drinks. I know its bad for me but it is my only guilty pleasure these days so hard to give up.
How about chopping logs with an axe- I love doing that outside bothies and its good exercise. Reading books is also good therapy and passes the time. I have a friend that’s very active and can never sit still for a second. She never reads.
You mentioning men watching girls eating brought to mind a real life TV prog I watched about little skinny guys being food slaves to massive women. Very disturbing but it might help you put on weight and they would certainly pay your electricity bills and feed you puddings every night :o)
Hope that thought cheers you up. A classified ad might get the ball rolling.

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20 08 2018
mountaincoward

Unfortunately, the changes I’d need to make for the Type 2 will lose me more weight which I can’t afford to do. You know, the no bread, no potatoes, no puddings etc. To be honest, I’m still determined to continue with one pudding a day!

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18 08 2018
mbc1955

Sorry to hear this, Carol, but as someone with Type-2 diabetes going back a decade, let me reassure you, it is manageable without it having to affect your life too much. Keep those spirits up.

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20 08 2018
mountaincoward

I’m worried though, that what I’m reading I have to do, will lose me even more weight and I can’t afford to do that.

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