By Claire Lynch
At age 18 Bruce White didn’t expect to get a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. He was urinating frequently and something was off. He went to his doctor who said that his blood sugar level was 1,000, “off the chart,” he says. “They said I was near death.”
Bruce was rushed to the Emergency Room where they ran several tests. Admitted to the hospital for two weeks, even after this scare it took 17 years for Bruce to change his lifestyle.
Bruce spoke with a trainer who specialized in nutritional guidance who explained the importance of losing weight and eating a sugar-free diet that includes lots of fresh foods and plenty of vegetables.
Since that time Bruce has eliminated dairy products and anything that’s “fast food.” Today he eats a lot of lean meats like chicken and turkey plus he juices a lot and makes green smoothies of kale, green apples and ginger.
Bruce sticks to a strict workout regimen which includes walking, running and interval training exercising four or five times daily.
“Denial didn’t work for me,” Bruce notes. “Pulling up the covers and hoping that this thing called diabetes would go away on its own didn’t work for me. Improving your health is all about hard work.”
Now 36, Bruce works a busy full-time government job in North Carolina. Today he boasts an A1C of 6.5 and he is almost completely off of all medications.
No matter what he’s doing, Bruce remembers that he is Type 2 and “nothing just comes to you and falls in your lap,” he explains. “We have to go out and make something happen.”
He is studying for his bachelor’s degree in social work and wants to make a difference in people’s lives.
“A drastic change in lifestyle is what’s called for when diabetics first get their diagnosis,” Bruce says. “I tell people to take this seriously, find a support group, become more physically active, love yourself and find a reason to live. There are no shortcuts to getting better but I can attest to the fact that there is life after your diagnosis. It takes finding enough courage to fight for your life. I start a healthy challenge each and every day.”