LADY AT THE BAT: Lowering The Boomer: Wells Has Type 2 Diabetes

Monday, March 19, 2007

Lowering The Boomer: Wells Has Type 2 Diabetes

San Diego Padres pitcher David Wells revealed today that he has Type 2 Diabetes. Looks like our days of calling him "Boomer" are numbered.

Web MD defines Type 2 Diabetes as:

"..a lifelong disease that affects the way your body uses food for energy. The disease develops when an organ called the pancreas cannot make enough insulin or when the body is not able to use insulin correctly. Insulin is a hormone that
allows the body's cells to use sugar (glucose) for energy. Insulin also helps
the body store extra sugar in muscle, fat, and liver cells.

When insulin is not available or is not used correctly, the level of sugar in your blood gets too high and cells do not get the energy they need. If your blood sugar stays
high for a long time, you can develop problems with your eyes, heart, blood
vessels, nerves, and kidneys. "

Wells, who is 43, told the San Diego Union Tribune that he made changes as soon as he found out he had the disease. "No more starches and sugar. No more rice, pasta, potatoes and white bread. No more fast food. I've cut out alcohol," he said.

He vows to beat diabetes because he doesn't want any of the complications that can develop if a diabetic's blood sugar isn't under control, such as kidney disease, blindness, and limb amputation.

I know exactly what he's talking about. I have this disease myself. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes three years ago, so I know just what he's going through. In the beginning it is very easy to cut out all the starches and sugar, because you are scared. I lost 30 pounds the first year, only to gain back 17 the following year. Once I'd lost the 17 pounds, I slowly put on 9 pounds. Now I'm trying to go below the 9 pounds I've taken off again. I hope Wells can find the strength somewhere to get and keep his blood sugar under control, if not for himself, then for his children, so they don't have to watch him die. I watched my own mother die from diabetes complications because she couldn't find the strength to keep the disease under control.

Best wishes, Boomer.

The Lady


Unknown said...

The best of luck to you, B. My mother has it too, and she's a doctor of all things. It can be managed, providing one takes care of themselves.

After hearing my mother had it, it was a wake up call for me to always take care of myself.

Mr. Wells will need to makes changes in his life, but he'll be okay providing he sticks to it and not falls into his vices.

Anonymous said...

Your mother having it doesn't surprise me at all. The doctor treating me for it has it as well!