My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes just before Christmas and it came as quite a shock. He had none of the classic symptoms and went in for routine physical when we got the news. We are fortunate that our community offers a number of education classes and we got to meet one on one with a nutritionist that explained what diabetes is, showed us how to read labels to determine which foods are the best choices for him, and what a correct portion size is. His levels went from 266 down to 128 in just a couple of weeks. We are working as a team to control his diabetes and have made food changes for the whole family. Our concern now is for our two young children and their increased risk but we are hopeful that since we have already made some lifestyle changes that will decrease our children's risk. We are also thankful for the Nintendo Wii that Santa brought for Christmas (a little ironic now looking back) because it has increased our activity level and increased our family time. We are not overweight (but who among us couldn't stand to lose a few pounds right?) and are young to be developing diabetes but as a family we will get him through this.
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