Steve Pistole took a moment to re-evaluate.
He had lost a few friends, including Kenneth Glenn McCullough, a 36-year-old Drug Enforcement Agency agent.
Pistole remembered McCullough as someone who always showed up on time for work and cared about what he did. That’s why it wasn’t surprising that McCullough was already at work when the bomb went off at 9:02 a.m.
Pistole knew that, as a police officer, he could be killed on the job.
He had never considered something like the Oklahoma City bombing, when you could lose your life simply by being in the office. That day in April 1995 made Pistole rethink how he wanted to live the rest of his life.
“It was like, ‘What do you want to do with you life?’ and I was like, ‘Get in better shape,’” Pistole said.
Pistole started running and regularly exercising, participating in a few marathons over the years.
That’s why it was so surprising when, about eight years ago, Pistole, 57, was diagnosed with diabetes.
But Pistole’s doctor said that even though Pistole has Type 2 diabetes, it is almost Type 1.5, also known as latent autoimmune diabetes of adulthood.
“Despite lots of work I ended up on insulin,” he said.
People who have this form of diabetes show signs of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.
Researchers estimate that as many as 10 percent of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have latent autoimmune diabetes, according to the diabetes clearinghouse.
Although some researchers believe that it’s a subtype of Type 1 diabetes, others believe that diabetes occurs on a continuum with latent autoimmune diabetes falling between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Since being diagnosed, Pistole has made some dietary changes.
For example, as a runner, Pistole focused on eating plenty of carbs, which can be the opposite of what a person with diabetes needs, he said.
“More bacon, fewer biscuits,” he said. “... That was a real change, to get more meat protein and cut way way down on the carbs.”