Fill in the Blank Friday: Being diagnosed has made me healthier by ...

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2014-04-21 12:33:03 -0500
Started 2014-04-18 13:10:30 -0500

One of the things I was perhaps most surprised to hear from members of Diabetic Connect over the years was the sentiment that "I'm actually living much healthier since being diagnosed." Obviously, a diabetes diagnosis is life changing. And there are many "healthy" changes that are sort of forced upon us.

So what has your experience been? Are there parts of your life that are actually better or more healthy *because* you were diagnosed with diabetes?

Fill in the blank on this Good Friday: Being diagnosed has made me healthier by …

13 replies

lindainJapan 2014-04-20 23:50:20 -0500 Report

I was obese even in childhood and read Big Beautiful Woman magazine as a teen. I was 305 when diagnosed Diabetic and went down to half that. Standing, walking, jumping up from a chair without pain in ankles and knees is a new and good experience. I realized what a carb addict I'd been this side of curing it. My heart goes out to my many still heavy friends feeling movement empowered as I do now, but I admit I still have blue days and need to fight for my positive attitude toward this d-mn DM.

shorty1965 2014-04-20 07:51:15 -0500 Report

This has help to lose weight and to start working out more.and it helps me to feel better and not be sick as much.;)

camerashy 2014-04-19 10:16:44 -0500 Report

It hasn't. I've gained weight, and that's actually about all it's changed. Sure, I changed my diet. My mother suspected that we may be diabetic when we were growing up, as my dad and her dad were. Then I got out on my own and ate what I wanted. Then when I was officially diagnosed and put on insulin I went back to eating like I did most of my life, but I had to cut down on the milk (I love milk, and would drink about a quart a night) and started gaining weight hand-over-fist.

GabbyPA 2014-04-19 08:44:09 -0500 Report

Forcing me to pay attention to what goes into my mouth. It helped me loose weight and feel much better

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-19 03:59:26 -0500 Report

I read food labels more now to see what's in something before I buy it. I have always eat a well balanced diet, but I am now aware of the difference in what a balanced diet used to be for me and what a balanced diet for me is now that I have diabetes.

Kaydoo 2014-04-18 18:26:01 -0500 Report

It has forced me not to emotionally eat when I'm stressed. Laying off all the sugar has made me so much more appreciative of the natural sweetness of fruit. I used to guzzle starburst and coca cola as I watched tv when I was upset, but now I have some berries or some melon and am satisfied.
It was a wake up call for sure, and although my numbers are still up around 200 most mornings, it's a heck of a lot better than before

lindy733 2014-04-18 17:10:31 -0500 Report

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetis has made me healthier by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet. I was 199 pounds and now I weigh 127. I got very motivated and now I am an inspiration for many people. I am proud of myself

Type1Lou 2014-04-18 14:50:35 -0500 Report

…eating better. Prior to being diagnosed at age 27 with Type 1 diabetes, my diet was far from healthy. Sunday breakfast for my husband and I consisted of one dozen Dunkin Donuts…the chocolate frosted raised ones were my favorite. On weekdays, my breakfast often consisted of a piece of leftover dessert…loved blueberry pie! Prior to diagnosis, my weight was 120 pounds. In the 2 weeks before I saw a doctor and received my diagnosis, I had lost 13 pounds, and couldn't sleep for 10 minutes before having to get up and urinate. It came on fast. I now eat much healthier and don't bake much anymore because it's too much of a temptation.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-18 16:52:49 -0500 Report

I had a chocolate raised donut several weeks ago. First time I had one in 2 years. I went to a bead show so I walked a lot after I ate it. I do not deny myself anything. I had caramel cake yesterday and went for a walk. Didn't get a spike at all.

Type1Lou 2014-04-19 08:18:35 -0500 Report

So glad you can enjoy these things Joyce. Sadly, I choose not to in order to avoid having to take the extra insulin I would need to handle the indulgence…and, I know it's hard for me to eat just one. It's easier for me to just avoid them altogether.

hawk3100 2014-04-18 13:31:12 -0500 Report

Knowing more about what is in my food so that I can make healthier food choices and carb choices at mealtime. It has also made be become more aware of how activity and food have an impact on my blood sugar

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