So I went to see my doctor earlier this week to get the results of some blood tests. Friends know that a few months ago he said I was on the verge of diabetes. Now — after fairly drastic dietary changes, rigorous exercise, dropping ten pounds and taking smelly fish oil pills every morning — I’m still on the verge of diabetes. Ugh.
It’s on both sides of my family, so really it’s just a matter of time. My parents’ manifestations of the disease are fairly mild, controlled by a few pills and some simple diet restrictions. Still, I’m not happy about it.
He told me to stay away from processed sugar and heavy carbs, eat a bit more red meat, and avoid sodas and fruit juices. Then the doc prescribed for me multi-vitamins, folic acid, and something called Resveratrol every day. Resveratrol is apparently the chemical compound found in red wine that some researchers suspect have a number of health-inducing effects. Could be science, could be voodoo, I don’t care. Anything that keeps me from having to stick needles in my belly is all good at this point.
[Pictured: Resveratrol cell.]