These days, Shiplo Zaman is a different man. Over the past year and a half, he lost 18 kg and has regained his body from his early 20s. Just last January, at 90 kg and with a BMI of 31, he was told he was clinically obese. He was also struggling with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
As a person with Type 1 diabetes, this only added to the daily challenge of managing his blood glucose levels, which at that point, were fluctuating drastically.
Feeling unwell, unhappy, and frustrated, Shiplo realised he needed to make a change – a big one.
Putting priority on health
Shiplo’s main concern was his ability to to care for his two young children, aged 2 and 4.
“Since having kids, taking care of my health has become a big priority.” said the pipeline engineer from his home in Newcastle.
“I look after my health for my kids. Because if you don’t look after it, diabetes can cause irreversible, debilitating damage, slowly and progressively. And your family will have to follow along with you. Looking after my health now will pay dividends in the future and minimise my risk of complications.”
At the suggestion of his medical team, Shiplo switched from daily injections to the Cellnovo Diabetes Management System in October 2014.
He credits the tubeless Cellnovo pump, which can be controlled wirelessly via a touchscreen handset, for helping him to reverse course and better control his diabetes.
Since the switch to Cellnovo about a year and a half ago, the 35-year-old has managed to stabilise his blood sugar levels.
But the change also inspired Shiplo to regain control of other aspects of his life, namely his weight.
After spending countless hours researching nutritional and diet programs online, Shiplo decided to adopt a low-carb, high-fat diet.
Today, he weighs 72 kg and no longer has cholesterol or blood pressure issues. The dramatic weight loss has also cut down on the amount of insulin his body needs, dropping from 80 to 30 units a day.
For years, Shiplo had a conflicted relationship with his body, be it his weight, or his body’s inability to produce insulin.
Tracking progress with the online data
The Cellnovo System’s built-in activity monitor and visual data analysis on the online platform has also helped Shiplo keep track of his progress.
“The online platform lets me know what I’m doing right and what I’m not doing right,” he said.
“Even 18 months in, I’m still learning so much about my own diabetes”
A feature he finds particularly useful is the ability to set a temporary basal. During one of his most recent spells with a cold, Shiplo increased his basal rate by 200 percent for a short duration to prevent high blood sugars whilst minimising the risk of dangerous lows.
Two days later, he was back in business.
It’s one of the many challenges of living with Type 1 diabetes, Shiplo pointed out. While those who don’t have the disease simply need to address their sore throat or nagging cough, people with type 1 diabetes also have to remember to keep their blood sugar levels in check.
“We never get a day off. While athletes may work Monday to Friday, even they get a cheat day. But there is no such thing with diabetes.”
“With the Cellnovo System and LCHF diet, I’ve found an optimal way of keeping my BG levels in check and maintaining an ideal weight. With this pump, I have gained control of my diabetes.”