About Diabetes Rebels
This short article explains who’s behind the scenes here at Diabetes Rebels and how I got interested in fighting prediabetes.
Me and Prediabetes
In November 2015 I was diagnosed as being prediabetic. At that time my fasting blood glucose was as high as 120 and my HbA1C was 6.4.
My doctor wanted to immediately start me on several drugs. He told me not to worry. They weren’t very “serious” medications.
I was in shock for several reasons.
First, I had no real family history of diabetes. If anything, my family history is about heart disease.
Second, I thought my eating and exercise habits were protecting me.
For about 25 years, my wife and I ate mostly a vegetarian diet including fish, eggs, and dairy products. Also, we would occasionally eat meat when visiting friends and eating out.
Then, about 5 or 6 years ago, we read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell. This book galvanized me. You see, both of my parents died of heart disease when they were fairly young and I sort of figured that’s where my genetics would take me.
Since reading that book we adopted a plant-strong diet, what many people call vegan. (In general, I don’t like using the term vegan because it implies refusing to use animal products for moral and ethical reasons. My reasons for eating plants are health reasons alone.)
I thought my eating habits were shielding me from lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
I now knew I was wrong and I set out to discover the missing pieces in my life.
Based on my reading and research I made several changes in my lifestyle.
I started those changes on July 1, 2016. A month later, on August 2, 2016 my HbA1C had already dropped to 5.7, within the normal range.
My Brother Fred
I mentioned I don’t have a family history of diabetes.
My youngest brother, Fred, was the exception to that. As a young adult Fred was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Though the rest of my family was rather thin, Fred was always heavy and bordering on obese.
Eventually Fred developed kidney failure and required dialysis 2 or 3 times a week.
Sadly, in August 2008 the police found my brother Fred dead in his car. He had died of kidney failure at age 49.
We later learned he had stopped going to his dialysis sessions. Apparently he had found the dialysis regime too difficult to continue.
I wasn’t able to help my brother because I was very ignorant about diabetes and its associated problems.
I now know that kidney failure is one of the major complications of diabetes.
One of my goals with Diabetes Rebels is to help other men and women reverse their diabetes or prediabetes and live long, healthy lives.
About the Name Diabetes Rebels
My dictionary defines the verb “rebel” as “to oppose or disobey one in authority or control.”
My goal with Diabetes Rebels is to help you oppose a medical system that usually wants you to accept diabetes as something that you must cope with but that you can never overcome.
I hope you enjoy this site. If you have any questions or comments, you can send me a message using the Contact page.