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Successful Living With Diabetes Type 2

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Living successfully with diabetes is what I've learned to do

since my diagnosis in 2008. At the age of 45, I was diagnosed with new

onset Type 2 Diabetes. What is Type 2 diabetes? Normally cells in the

pancreas release proper amounts of insulin. This helps sugar enter into

cells throughout the body for energy. One main problem of type 2

diabetes is the “resistance” of cells to insulin. In other words, it

takes more insulin to produce the same effect. In addition, people with

type 2 diabetes do not make enough insulin for what their body needs.

Type 2 diabetes is not just a problem of blood sugars. It also affects

blood pressure, cholesterol, and fats, inflammation in the body, and

blood clotting. Type 2 diabetes can run in families as it does in mine.

My maternal grandmother (my mother's mom) is 92 years old and has lived

with diabetes for many years. This disease is often seen in the

overweight. The tie-in with obesity comes from the fact that there is

higher “resistance” to insulin with higher body weight.

Were there early warning signs I missed? Yes, they are as

follows:

  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurred vision

Detecting diabetes early on can reduce the risk of developing kidney

disease, and eye damage. Please learn the early warning signs of

diabetes and notify your physician if you suspect you may have

diabetes.

Has my life changed since being diagnosed with diabetes? Yes.

Prior to being diagnosed, I lived a fairly normal life. When I say

fairly normal, I mean I was married, worked in the private sector till

I was laid off, exercised only occasionally, and ate what I wanted

without thinking what I might be doing to my body. Following being

diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I had to make changes to my lifestyle,

which include routine exercise, 30 minutes a day and controlled diet. I

choose to walk at a moderate pace for my exercise 30 minutes a day. I

eat 3 meals plus a snack, watching the number of carbohydrates I

consume. In addition I check my blood sugar at least twice a day.

Through exercise, eating healthier, and prayer, my diabetes is

currently controlled without the use of any medication. I am grateful

to God for helping me thus far. Why? When I was first diagnosed, my

blood sugar level was over 400. My doctor at the time thought I would

be on insulin for the rest of my life. The only time I was on insulin

was when I was in the hospital.

I have done much research on diabetes since being diagnosed and

have learned that 20 million people in the United State have it. Type 2

diabetes is on the rise in the USA and is increasing in children and

young adults.

Who are some of the people living successfully with

diabetes?

  • Brett Michaels – Musician
  • Missy Fox – Professional Marathon Runner
  • Gary Hall, Jr. - U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist – Swimming
  • Mike Echols – NFL – Tennessee Titans
  • Scott Coleman – Swimmer
  • Edward James Olmos – Actor (Admiral Adama on “Battlestar
  • Gallactica”)
  • Patti LaBelle – Singer
  • Arthur Ashe – Professional Tennis Player

In future articles, I will discuss complications of diabetes and

how they can be avoided, diet, and how to develop an exercise program.

Also, I will share with you more individuals who live successfully with

diabetes. Please continue to follow my articles to learn more about

diabetes. Remember: Successful Living With Diabetes is possible.

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