Rang the doctor’s this morning for results of my blood tests taken last week. “No further action required,” said the receptionist. A HUGE relief as it was this time last year that THEY rang ME! Saying further action WAS required. And so the whole thing started… never a good sign when you have tests done at the doc’s and they call you up two days later.
“What are the numbers, what are the numbers?” I asked, excitedly jumping up and down. “Will they mean anything to you?” replied the receptionist. Well, one will. Just give me the blood glucose number. She looked for it (I’d had a battery of tests) and said, “It’s four point eight. Is that good?” Is it good? Is it? IS IT!!!!! It’s flippin’ bloody fantastic is what it is. I am WELL out the danger zone now of developing Diabetes.
Ten per cent rule
Apparently if you’re overweight and you lose just ten per cent of it, it’s a huge boost to your health. Takes you out of risk for a number of long-term chronic illnesses and some short-term acute ones too. Basically, Paleo works! It’s worked for me. My blood sugar was 5.9% last year, borderline Diabetes. Then last September a supermarket check revealed it to be 5.6% which showed a pleasing decrease. But this test wass done at the doctor’s and I can’t remember the last time my blood sugar went below 5! It’s been in the 5s for sometime now. So going below 5 is excellent news.
Why not get your blood sugar levels tested if you’re overweight? Do something about it NOW! Before you develop Diabetes. It’s a disease many people don’t know they have and it can cause incredible damage to your health.
Small is beautiful?
And now a plug for a really wonderful project carried out by two cultural geographers and a photographer at the University of Exeter called Small is Beautiful? The question mark is deliberate. The answer is in the piece. The funding came from the wonderful Arts and Humanities Research Council which I am very proud to have as a client. They fund the most amazing research work and I always learn a lot when I write up projects for them.
So all in all, a lovely start to the new year. Onwards and upwards – except for my blood sugar which I hope continues to stay nice and low. Goal this year: lose another ten per cent of my weight as I did last year. To go from 13.10 to 12.5; 192lbs to 173. 87 kilos to 78. Stay with me on my journey?