Christopher Castro went to his physician’s office last year for a routine physical and found out that he has Type 2 diabetes.
“My A1C was 6.9 and now it’s 6.3 without medication. I’m pleased with that – my hard work is paying off!”
Chris, 57, is a senior engineer who has owned a renewable energy company for 20 years that serves residential and commercial customers.
The Long Island, N.Y., resident likes working on technology, especially wind turbines, and in his free time he makes time to exercise.
“I started out walking and hiking every other day,” Chris says. “Now I jog three miles every other day. In between my body rests. Exercising, watching what I eat and drinking plenty of water all help me achieve a good A1C.”
Noting that he has a strong family history of Type 2 diabetes, Chris explains, “My father was Type 2, so were my grandparents, my uncles, a brother and several cousins. I want to be proactive about this disease so I take care of myself.”
To keep active, Chris has been teaching salsa dancing to groups near his home on Long Island twice weekly. “I’ve been teaching these groups for 20 years and have found that dancing is a great way to get some exercise and socialize at the same time. We grab a partner, I turn on the music and we dance for an hour.
“My wife, Wendy, frequently comes along and joins in. Afterwards, Wendy and I go out for a healthy bite to eat. One of my favorites is a delicious Greek salad. I skip the soda and have a glass of water with it.”
Chris has been a vegetarian for 10 years and these days he consumes less sugar.
“I’ve got a sweet tooth,” he says, “but I handle it better now. When the craving for sweets arises, I have some raisins or a banana. Candy, cake, pies and cookies have been dramatically reduced. I’m much better off without them! So now, salsa, anyone?”