British Heart Foundation – Family history and heart disease

British Heart Foundation – Family history and heart disease


I am Anil Gumber. I live in Leamington Spa. I am 54 years old. I have a beautiful wife
and two lovely children. I was born and brought up in India. I came to the UK in October, 2001. I have got
a family history of diabetes. My grandfather was diabetic. My father was suffering
from cardiovascular disease. My sister is diabetic. I came to know that diabetes is almost six times higher in our South Asian community. I was feeling quite thirsty, I was not having a good sleep, and also I was feeling very tired. I was not able to control my diet. I was not able
to do regular exercise. When I contacted my GP, I was diagnosed with diabetes. The doctor was going
to put me on insulin, and I thought, “Now the time has come
for me to take action.” I made a promise to my GP that I would change my diet, as well as start doing some exercise. I get the support from my wife to go out
for a half-an-hour’s walk at least, and during the weekend, it is about a one-hour walk. So walking, basically, doing this small activity, meeting with nature
is really, really enjoyable. I go to the Leam river, and feed the ducks, and get full enjoyment out of it. I have to fight diabetes. May all the three worlds be happy. Yes, I am enjoying yoga very much, because it has given me
a lot of inner strength, and also it has relaxed
not only my muscles, but also my mind. That energy actually lasts
for the whole day, so for the whole day I remain
fully energetic after doing yoga. In South Asia, the main issue is that the diet
uses a lot of butter. The first thing I did was completely reduce the consumption
of fat and oily foods. The second step I made was
switching to green vegetables. These have now become
my daily part of life, basically. I cannot now live without vegetables. I am having lot of lentils and other pulses like kidney beans, green pulses and dhals. During the weekend,
I enjoy cooking very much, because my daughter, my son,
as well as my wife, they’ve started sharing the kitchen. They help me out
with preparing the lovely dishes. My daughter is very good at chopping various salads, and then preparing less oily food. I used to fry fish, but now I’ve learnt
to grill the fish. For the last two years now, I have been on the right track, doing a lot of diet control, went for healthy diet, doing regular exercise, and as a result, I have avoided the insulin, and my blood sugar level is well under control now. Now I am living a very healthy life, and I’m avoiding all these types
of risk in the future. I was a dead man walking. The time has come for me
to take action. I was 17st 2lbs, and now I’m 12 stone, and I feel absolutely brilliant. Now I actually feel excited
for the future. You’re told that you have a disease that’s going to be with you
for the rest of your life. It was an absolute shock. I love my life now. There’s a future,
and I’m going to live it.