I didn’t think about diabetes until I had it

Published: November 10, 2010

We are the nation that has arguably pioneered diabetes. Managing to make a career out of sugar consumption is no mean feat, but we managed to do it. I never really even thought about it until the day I found out that I had the version that you control with pills (type 2).

I thought this would change my life, it did, but not as much as I had suspected. Even though I started eating a bit healthier; doing away with most of the local cuisine due to its not-so-secret love affair with oily cooking and most importantly cutting out all the sugar in my life.

You can get on without sugar, really.

I thought I was going to miss out on all the good sweet stuff, thankfully however, the world was prepared for this eventuality. The supermarkets in Pakistan have sugar free sodas and ice cream. I would be advised to use Weetabix as replacement for the biscuits in your sundaes — if you are used to them — and a liberal use of high fibre fruits. The high fibre keeps the sugar spikes from the fruit in check.

There is no reason to miss out on anything. There are even expensive cakes and biscuits made with artificial sweeteners – which unfortunately I definitely cannot afford.  So I got into baking. Some artificial sweeteners withstand high temperatures and can be used in baking recipes of all sorts. So I just learnt to make cakes and biscuits and threw in the appropriate amount of sweetener when the recipe asked for sugar.

Diabetics must be careful

The most important thing is eating at regular timings because there is some really complicated stuff related to sleep cycles and your bodies capability to deal with sugar intake. If you do not manage your diet then your sugar will start spiking, resulting in lower energy levels, a weak immune system – imagine getting a flu every other day, and a fever every week.

After being diagnosed with diabetes I learned to appreciate a healthy lifestyle and made additional effort to take care of myself.

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Omair Zeeshan

Corporate Account Manager by day and photographer by night. He can be found on Twitter @OmairZeeshan

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  • http://abbasiworld.blogspot.com Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi

    Thank you for sharing these insights, they are most enlightening. It does throw a spotlight on all of us with the carefree lifestyle we adopt like nothing is going to happen to us. I wish you well and good luck !!Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/143/taha-kerar/ Taha Kehar

    I admire your courage and dedication :) Recommend

  • http://www.twitter.com/oa204 osama

    my grand dad lived with diabetes for 50 years… good work btw !Recommend

  • http://www.samsonsfoods.com said nabi shah

    I am diabetic for the last three years.Artificial sweetner spikes my glucose level so i am not using that.any one can suggest me such food that can normalize the glucose level?Recommend

  • Sajjad Ahmed

    The point is really important, we need to control habits before we actually had to. wish you strength against the problem and a happy life.

    Can someone please guide me how to blog here at ET?Recommend

  • shy

    Me too diabetic.Recommend

  • R. Qureishi

    My brother had diabeties since he was 28. now he is 54 and still doing ok. Recommend

  • Usman

    @ said nabi shah: FFS!! artificial sweetener has no glucose.Recommend