Sulbha Pandya discusses how understanding Diabetes has helped her live a happy and healthy life.
Name: Ms Sulbha Pandya
Age: 70 years
Occupation: Retired professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology
I have been diagnosed with Diabetes 10 years ago during my annual health check-up. Initially, the diagnosis came as a shock to me. There was a feeling of disbelief assuming that now my life with Diabetes would be miserable. I was worried about the pricks and needles that would entail as a part of the management of blood sugar levels. But my diagnosis did not dampen my spirits to stay fit as my husband also has Diabetes and that has made me aware of the condition. There was no significant change in my life before and after my diagnosis, except for the fact that I am more cautious about my health now. My condition has taught me to make better health choices in terms of food. Earlier I used to consume a lot of sweets which I have stopped after my diagnosis of Diabetes. Now, I consume sweets in moderation and only on special occasions.
My family has been a pillar of strength for me, especially my granddaughter. They have always been very supportive of me and have encouraged me to discuss my condition. Initially, I was hesitant to talk about my diagnosis with my friends but now I feel comfortable talking to my friends and sharing with them how to better manage health with Diabetes.
My current lifestyle
I have never had an overindulgent lifestyle but my diagnosis has brought more discipline to my life. I live a more happy and active life now with the support and encouragement of my family. I continue to do all my everyday activities as I used to do before the diagnosis. This helps me to stay active and moving throughout the day. I follow a simple vegetarian diet and do moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day. I regularly consult my physician, dietician and physiotherapist to understand how to better manage my condition with medication, diet and exercise.
I eat very moderately. My diet consists of a balance of everything so I do not crave for a particular food and consume everything in small quantities.
On waking up – one cup of tea without sugar
11:00 A.M. – any seasonal fruit as recommended by my dietician
Lunch – 1:00 P.M. – 1 phulka, 1 bowl of vegetable, salad and a glass of buttermilk
4:00 P.M. – One cup of tea without sugar
6:00 P.M. – Light snack consisting of khakra or puffed rice
Dinner – 8:00 P.M. – A light meal as lunch
Do not consider Diabetes as foe, rather it is a friend in disguise. It teaches one to live a life of balance, self-control and discipline. Regular check-ups help know about any health condition in time and help take necessary steps to prevent further complications. Consult your physician regularly to understand what is most suitable for your health.