ACCORD is personal.
Cotton mouth has returned with a vengeance, thanks to excessive diet soda consumption during the work day. I prefer only one or two cups of coffee a day, especially knowing that more could interfere with blood sugar control in those with type 2 diabetes. However, I’ve needed more caffeine than that to get through exhausting work days.
After a day where I splurged on an Olive Garden lunch (complete with breadsticks) followed by a tasty, sugary treat from a former co-worker, I know MY appetite has increased with the increased diet soda consumption. With a relative lack of exercise in the mix, my blood sugar readings are slowly increasing.
And then there’s ACCORD – these findings do scare me.
I may only be pushing 32 years old, but I have multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Family and personal history of hypertension, family and personal history of high cholesterol. Luckily, when I have been adamant about diet and sticking to exercise, blood pressure and cholesterol have been excellent.
But there’s also the family history of heart disease. That I can’t ignore. Not only did my maternal grandfather die of a heart attack, I remember all too well the days my father was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery. (He was 49 years old at the time – several years before his type 2 diagnosis, by the way.)
After my type 2 diabetes diagnosis shortly before my 29th birthday, heart disease may not wait until after I hit menopause if I don’t maintain tight control.
Diet soda consumption ends now. No matter how tired I am tonight, I will get back on the elliptical. It’s not just about feeling better today, it’s about thriving in the future.