Much like weather, managing diabetes can sometimes be unpredictable. And who better to weather a type 2 diabetes diagnosis than Chief Meteorologist Bryan Busby. He sheds some light on how he manages his diabetes from the KMBC 9 News weather desk, sometimes for long hours due to severe weather — and being located in tornado alley — that may happen more often than not!
A Fitness Challenge Accepted
A game of tennis turned into a wake-up call that something might not be quite right with Bryan’s health. After going to the doctor, Bryan learned that his blood sugar was 986 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2003.
After Bryan’s diagnosis, he made lifestyle changes that included diet and exercise, as well as adding medication to help control his blood sugar. It wasn’t until an assignment came across the weather desk that helped him drop some pounds, as well as find better blood sugar control.
The fitness challenge had an ace up its sleeve in the form of Registered Dietitian Mitzi Dulan. “Mitzi was going to follow me around, look in my refrigerator, and I couldn’t cheat,” Bryan said. “The first two weeks were really tough.”
Wind of (Lifestyle) Changes
Mitzi worked one-on-one with Bryan to create a diet plan to help him reach his goal. “She recommended that I prepare at least one or two meals at home as opposed to always going out,” Bryan said. “She told me to not skip breakfast. Have water as opposed to pop.”
Other than make lifestyle changes to his diet, Mitzi knew of Bryan’s affection for playing tennis. “She said to stick with that,” Bryan said. “I have a gym at home, so I just work out there too. She just said remain active, and it’s worked for me.”
Bryan went from a 38-inch waist to a 32-inch and has dropped more than 45 pounds since the challenge, and people have taken notice. “It was one of the best assignments I think I’ve ever had in my career,” Bryan said. “People had commented on it, ‘You look a lot younger now and look a lot healthier.’”
Managing from the Weather Desk
Bryan’s career can be quite unpredictable, which can take him from home for long hours. “That’s part our problem because of our business,” Bryan said. “We have to eat on the run. We don’t really have much time to sit down and eat a square meal, because you’re in between news casts and don’t have a heck of a lot of time.”
Bryan makes sure he is prepared in case of breaking news or severe weather. “If I’m not going to be home, I make sure that I have at least a week’s supplies on the off chance I’m staying at a hotel near the station.”
If Bryan does have a long shift at the weather desk, he also makes sure that he’s prepared to manage his diabetes and symptoms of low blood sugar. “I nibble on snacks. I think the key to me is just smaller and that seems to work out really well.”
I have a new appreciation for meteorologists and the long hours they put in! Now, if Bryan could only tell me if the east coast will have a snowy holiday, I would really appreciate it. My many thanks for Bryan sharing his story with us.
All the best,
Disclosure: Bryan Busby received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewee, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.