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Police officer makes lifestyle change after losing friends in Oklahoma City bombing

Steve Pistole, a retired Oklahoma City police officer, rethought how he wanted to live the rest of his life after seeing friends lose their lives in the Oklahoma City bombing. An active runner, Pistole did not expect to be diagnosed with diabetes.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: July 6, 2014

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.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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