Diabetes: A Scary Truth

It was sometime mid-November 2009 when I first started experiencing dryness of the mouth, palpitations, slight dizziness, erratic blood pressure, and frequent urinating. When I say frequent urinating, I mean really frequent as in every fifteen or thirty minutes. I tried to ignore it at first, but some of my clients started to notice it. They said it was never my attitude to stand-up during meetings, and they now notice me doing it not just once but several times. I told them about what I’ve been experiencing and since they’re from a pharma company they’re quite familiar with the different symptoms of various diseases. That’s when I first came face-to-face with the possibility that I might have DIABETES.

The thought of having diabetes scared me to death, and two doctors that work with us told me that what I have is a classic symptom of diabetes and they both told me to get myself tested right away.

I did and as it turned out I don’t have diabetes, at least, not yet. What I have is a temporary symptom because an endocrine problem. But I’m not totally off the hook because my sugar level is pretty high. This was sometime mid-December of 2009 already.

It was then that I decided that I would refrain from eating or drinking any sweets or ‘sugar’. To this day, since I made that decision I haven’t had a single drop of juice (other than fresh coconut juice w/o sugar), soft drinks (not even the sugar-free variant which is almost as bad as the one that’s loaded with sugar), ice cream, and candy. And whereas before I would always have cake for dessert, I’m still happy to say, that I only gave in to eating cakes thrice, and all times it was because it was a Sweet Bella cake that was served.


About jefftan168

Numbers does not rule my life. But if there’s a number that may play a big influence in my life that is 168. You see, about six months ago, when I went into a gym and had a weigh in and body mass index reading, I found out that I was already type 2 obese, and if I’m not mistaken there are only 3 types. In fact, I need to shed about 43% of my total body weight. I’m 5’5 and my ideal weight would be 165lbs, but according to my trainer since I’ve already accumulated so much skin by stretching it too much because of my fats it’s ok to just settle with 168lbs to 170lbs. (Internal monologue at that time was 5lbs of skin!) That’s’ the reason why I’m calling this blog Project 168 because that’s my ultimate weight goal. However, being a Chinese Buddhist and a believer of Feng Shui, 168 is also considered as a celestial number that is suppose to be really lucky. Thus Project 168 also refers to my quest to have a good happy life and to be a good student of Chinese Buddhism. A word of caution though, growing up, my parents firmly believed that the next super language is not English but Chinese. Thus special focus was given for me to learn Mandarin, in fact, I was send to Taiwan on summers to further learn the language. The big disadvantage is that I’ve such a poor commando of the English language that surely you’ll see some grammatical errors in every post. However, I still decided to write this blog in English to be able to share this with people who are also trying to lose weight and who are like me are in a quest to constantly live a good life. This blog is not me talking to the world but its me sharing my experience to whoever would want to read this so that it might help them, and more important than that people might want to share with me also their experience that it might help in my quest to lose weight and also to constantly have a good life.
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