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The Path To Good Mental Health Could Be Good Glucose Numbers

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Chato Stewart January 1, 2011: 405 lbs.

In my last post “Happy #WorldDiabetesDay“, I celebrated my success with posting my lowest glucose number I’ve seen in a long time.  It got me thinking about the journey and how it has affected my overall cerebral dysfunction. Among my mental health diagnoses, I also have a few other health issues; abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and diabetes. They even call it a fancy name… Metabolic syndrome.

It’s just a fancy way of saying you’re screwed…not only are you dealing with Bipolar Disorder, but you have 5 other serious health conditions that will kill you at any time!

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this journey and World Diabetes Day;

I remember it like it was yesterday, walking into Sam’s Club in 2011 and there was a free health screening.  I knew my sugar was high, but not sure how bad it was…out of control.  My A1C was 8.9 and glucose 334… The nurse wanted me to go to the E.R., I was not that worried, but I did want to get it checked out soon…real soon.

“Got my blood glucose tested 334 and a1c 8.9”

Now I’m heading to the Doctor’s tomorrow to try and get a handle on my Diabetes.  Diabetes is very common with people with mental health issues… Sometimes, it’s due to the meds and other times, it’s the by-product of taking meds and gaining weight.

I documented my nurse drawing my blood, I wish I could tell you I got it under control soon after.  Unfortunately, it got worse before it would get better.

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The Path To Good Mental Health Could Be Good Glucose Numbers

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2017). The Path To Good Mental Health Could Be Good Glucose Numbers. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2020, from


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