By Claire Lynch
Daniel Gimple was having a dry mouth and wasn’t sure what was causing it. He stopped at an Urgent Care center after work one day last year and discovered some very high blood sugar levels. An ambulance was called and Daniel was hospitalized for five days.
He didn’t know his complete medical history because he was adopted. After being told that his A1C was 14. 5, he decided right then to do something about it.
Since that time he has learned all he can about Type 2 diabetes. “I’m a sponge,” Daniel, 34, says. “I want to understand all I can about this.
“My doctor started me on Metformin and because I’ve lost 75 pounds, lowered my A1C to 6 and am sticking to my diet, taking 500 mg. once daily works for me.”
Daniel, who works as an engineer/defense contractor, says that he exercises regularly to stay fit.
“My day job is sedentary so I make it a point to work out four to six times a week at the gym,” Daniel explains. “Each session is 1-1.5 hours and consists of 30 minutes of cardio, 30-45 minutes of weight lifting and 15 more of vigorous cardio to complete my long sessions.
“Typically I like to start my days by going to the gym. I’m usually there at 5 a.m. This sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. I take my diabetes seriously but by incorporating exercise into each day and watching what I eat helps me maintain some good blood sugar levels.”
Daniel, who is engaged to be married, adds that because he lives on an island in Rhode Island he is surrounded by rustic, natural beauty. “Walking the trails is a good workout and with my camera I take seascapes of the Atlantic Ocean as well as nature photos.
“As an amateur photographer, I really enjoy taking pictures. Playing video games is relaxing, too. It’s a nice stress releaser after working all day.”
About his Type 2? “As an engineer I am meticulous about my food intake. Watching numbers is my game. This isn’t a temporary diet I’m on, it’s a new way of life.”