My name is Dan. 26 years old currently. Type 1 Diabetic. Fitness enthusiast. Loves to cook really good food. Believes in a healthier lifestyle leads to a happier lifestyle.
Where are you from?
I was very fortunate to grow up in the country in Devon. I then went to University of Bath where I studied Civil Engineering and now am now lucky enough to live in London and have done so for the past couple of years!
When were you diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic?
In a nutshell, I was diagnosed in November 2011 after being on a course of steroids for Ulcerative Colitis which put my body under an immense amount of stress and, due to my family history with Type 1 Diabetes, meant that my condition was brought on very quickly. I lost a lot of weight, was in DKA and had to be kept in hospital initially to start recovering. Since then, it’s been quite a journey.
Have you always been on insulin since you were diagnosed?
No. I started on very low doses of insulin when I was first diagnosed but after a few months I entered a honeymoon period where I was able to stay off insulin all together and did so for almost 3 years. I managed my condition totally with diet and exercise. My hbA1c was always in a very good range (5-6 mmols/mol). Nowadays I’m on Novorapid and Levemir insulin.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love cooking great food, it’s my way to relax and unwind after a long day at work and I very much enjoy cooking for other people. Roasted pork belly is an absolute favourite of mine. Cooking healthy, nutritious meals is actually very easy and I want to show people how. I enjoy working out and playing football and messing about outside with friends! Other than that you’ll probably find me somewhere in London enjoying live music.
Why are you writing this blog?
There are many reasons why I am writing this – most of which I will cover in blog posts.
Essentially I believe that living with diabetes, or any condition, can be made much easier if the right information is out there. There is so much confusion and an overload of information in the health and fitness industry that I wanted to create a place where it’s simple and straightforward so anyone can read it and (hopefully) apply it to their own lives. To manage any condition requires education and I firmly believe that eating real wholesome food and living an active lifestyle can only help.
I would like people to follow my journey so they can empathise and use it with their own path. Having any health condition isn’t easy but it can be made easier if you can see someone going through something similar and gain knowledge through their experiences and choices. I hope that is something that I can provide.
What are the highlights and lowlights of having Diabetes?
Funnily enough I firmly believe I wouldn’t be anywhere near as happy or healthy as I am without Diabetes. It has forced me to take a good look at what I eat, how much I exercise and developed good stress management techniques which has made me feel, well, pretty awesome. It’s also allowed me to meet some amazing people who also have the condition and interact with them.
But don’t get me wrong. Diabetes isn’t something I’d ever choose to have. There are obvious lows. It is constantly on your mind and you do have to keep an eye on what you do, eat and drink pretty much all the time. High and low blood sugars are difficult to deal with even with the best outlook on it. I’ve also had/ am having therapy in order to deal with depression with regards to my diabetes and many other issues. It’s a tough condition to live with and one that I feel is poorly misrepresented in the media.
However, it can all be managed and there are steps that can be put in place to make dealing with it much easier and I would love to help.
If you had to give one piece of advice to someone who has recently been diagnosed as a diabetic, what would it be?
You are the expert of your own diabetes management.
I think that is an incredibly powerful statement. Educate yourself, ask questions, talk to as many people as you can so you can better yourself and make it easier to live with.
Where can I find you?
Facebook: The Healthy Diabetic