Why Write about Diabetes and cycling? Two main reasons, firstly doctor’s suggest that cycling (along with swimming, but I don’t like swimming) is a low impact (on joints) form of exercise that helps limit and treat the effects of diabetes. Secondly if one newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic reads this book and takes up cycling then I will be a happy man.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 in my late twenties whilst about four stones over weight and eating all the wrong things. So before anybody throws brickbats at me for my views and opinions, I will say that I’ve been there, done that and got the X.X.L T-Shirt.
Sometime around nineteen ninety-seven, I was on holiday, it was hot and I was thirsty all the time, I put it down to the heat, but no one else in the group was drinking anything like the amount I was, by this I mean soft drinks not alcoholic ones. It was sugary drink after sugary drink trying to quench my thirst. What I didn’t realise was that I had slowly developed T2 diabetes and by drinking the sugary drinks (at that point I didn’t do ‘diet’ drinks) I was in a vicious circle, the drinks I was gulping down to quench the thirst were actually causing it.
After diagnosis weight came down slightly, a side effect the Metformin but I was still about two stone overweight. After the birth of our son, I decided having reached forty, I needed to do something radical. A change in job from one that was twenty miles away to one eight miles away, gave me the idea to commute by bike. I halved my fuel bill by halving the distance I drove to work. I halved it again by cycling to work. I now commute around a hundred miles a week most weeks. Unfortunately though you don’t save money by cycling, you will soon learn that if the cycling bug bites.
This concise, friendly and accessible Kindle eBook is my way of giving hope and sharing my own positive experience of living with type 2 diabetes. I’ll guide you through some simple changes to your diet and empower you to take control of diabetes in a positive, life affirming way.
On offer for the summer, it’s worth a read for the princely sum of 99p.