Hi, My name is Brent Bitz and I am a recovering diabetic. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1999 at the age of 25.
I remember it vividly because we were on an amazing vacation in Kauai. While there, I was constantly thirsty – like I could not get enough to drink no matter how much I drank. I was up at least 10 times in the middle of the night urinating. When we returned from vacation, my wife had a check-up at her doctor and described the symptoms I had in which the doctor replied “Your husband had diabetes – he needs to go see a doctor immediately”. That day I looked up and found a doctor in the Denver area and with the prick of the finger, I was diagnosed.
I had blood work done and was diagnosed as having type II diabetes. I was given oral meds to control my blood sugars. Over the next 10 years, my diabetes was under control – medicine was varied and eventually I was put on insulin in addition to my oral meds.
In 2011 I decided that I did not want to keep adding drugs and I was going to do everything in my power to control my condition. In addition to seeing my primary care doctor, at the urging of my sister (A wonderful RN), I went to see an endocrinologist (which I didn’t know what the heck he was at the time. I looked up the 5280 Best Docs magazine and found the best endo in Denver – Doctor McDermott with the University of Colorado Hospital. At the same time, I started fitness and nutrition coaching with Turbo Training Fitness.