A new year has just begun and it’s time to make a list of resolutions to do things differently than we did the year before. We usually do a good job staying on tasks from January to mid March or June if you’re really disciplined, and then we revert back to the old. This is most common with diets and finances, but for me it was dieting. The only difference was that my New Year began in October as opposed to January.
I usually begin my day with a “Morning Glory Prayer” that is orchestrated by my church, it is a prayer line that anyone can call and take part in. This particular morning, the facilitator felt lead to mention that God wanted someone on the prayer line to go the doctor to see what was going on with their body. He said there was something the individual needed to know so that the situation could be handled. He said that the condition required some attention, and that the sickness was not unto death but rather life and that God wanted the individual to be informed so that they could properly care for his or her self.
Since I had just obtained health insurance I decided to get a checkup. A part of my checkup included a blood test, which revealed that I had type II diabetes. I was totally taken by surprised. Looking back, I can recall that I did have some symptoms like chronic fatigue, being extremely thirsty, and constant urination. I never connected the dots because I attributed my being fatigue to stress, my unemployed status, and domestic issues. I was constantly taking my dad to all of his doctor’s appointments, who by the way is a diabetic and has an amputation below his knee on his left leg.
Because I was eating lots of fast food on the run with “super size” drinks, I thought it not strange that I was constantly going to the bathroom. According to the statistics reported in the National Diabetic Education Program 4.9 million; 18.7 percent of all non-Hispanic blacks ages twenty and older have diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. This is a real epidemic!
Some reports say that most persons with type II diabetes go undiagnosed until they incur some diabetic related illness because they have no symptoms. I am blessed to have been diagnosed early on. At the time of my diagnosis my blood sugar level was 307. Normal range for someone who is diabetic is 70-135. A range of 400 can place you in a comatose state. I wasn’t too far off and yet I felt fine.
I was baffled by all of this new information. I left the doctor’s office with a blank look on my face and a prescription in my hand. It was for the same medication that was prescribed for my father. This medication had two pages of listed side effects. One of the side effects listed talked about the medication damaging the function of your kidneys. My father fell prey to this and was taking medications to correct this problem.
Although I filled my prescription, I didn’t feel right about taking the medication. In fact, if I can be transparent with you, I thought that the same thing that was happening to my father’s kidneys was going to happen to mine. Immediately, I began to cry out to God, assuming all responsibility for not being a good steward of my health, I ask God for forgiveness. I ask him to help me obtain a spirit of fitness, by connecting me with the right people to educate me on how to reverse and maintain my condition. God being who He is has done just that! I was blessed to come in contact with two awesome people. The first one was my nutritionist who taught me the tricks of the trade for supportive diets for diabetics. The second person is my trainer who trains me twice a week to reach my ideal weight outside of my normal workouts at the fitness center.
Without medication, I have managed to keep my blood sugar level within range and I have lost 15 pounds so far. I realize that the key to maintaining good health was biblical. I Cor. 10:31 says whatever we eat, drink or do we should do it to the glory and honor of God. Surely God receives no glory when we overeat, which causes obesity and life threatening diseases. This is why I began to seek God for his perfect will, which is moderation in all things. I know that I need His help continuously for all things in particularly my health.
Eden represents a place where Gods original plan for mankind – body, mind, soul and spirit was implemented on earth. Constantly throughout our lives everyone should have a reason for going back to Eden, it’s the only real way to go…for me this time it’s my health!
Written By: Katrina A. McClain, also known as “Kat” is a native New Yorker who has relocated to the Queen City. She is a Life Coach and Mentor and is credentialed by Nyack College where she obtained a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership. Kat has an extensive background in Human Resources and medical Administration. Kat is a transformational leader within the urban community where she devotes a great deal of time coaching men, women and children to become their personal best.