I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 8 years ago and thought my world was over as I knew it. My body had been telling me that something was wrong but as usual, I was in denial. After all, no one in my family had ever suffered from this disease. Even though I had gained a trememdous amount of weight, I was 5'2" and topped out at 223 pounds. I was thirsty constantly and of course drinking a lot of water meant a lot of visits to the bathroom. I TOLD my doctor that a GTT was in order at which time it was positive for diabetes. My dear doctor did the wisest thing for me, he sent me to the ADA diabetes classes where they have a dietician and nutritionist. I went 4 hours a day for a week and learned the most valuable tools that still apply today for me. My A1C has never been over range and I have only had one extreme drop. Upon diagnosis, I was prescribed Advandia which was obviously much too strong for me. It dropped my blood sugar to 30 and scared the stuffing out of me. I immediately ate enough to bring it back to normal. I had a hypoglycemia attack I later found out and now am taking Metformin once a day which works well for me. The ADA is extremely knowledgeable in the treatment of diabetes and they taught me everything I needed to do. They sent me home to begin eating healthy armed with all the information I would need. The first time I looked at it I was more than a little confused but as the days went by and I started eating my healthy food, it all became very clear. Over the past 8 years I have put on some of the weight due to lack of exercise due to severe arthritis. I never really broke my back exercising anyway but the little I did exercise was enough. I lost 125 pounds in a year and a half. Two pounds a week was exhilarating. I did a lot of low impact dancing and moving in the house when I couldn't get outside. I felt great and now that I have this extra 40 pounds coming off a little at a time, I can do anything. Cooking is easy and I was never much of a veggie lover but I dress them up with condiments and even though I am not crazy about them, I know it is a necessity and I am beginning to like them. If you don't know something about your disease, look it up or ask your doctor. Please don't listen to the advice or opinion of anyone other than professionals. They are our first line of defense against diabetes and although we will live with this the rest of our lives, we can control it, it doesn't have to control us. Since I was diagnosed, my sister, son, and 2 aunts have been diagnosed. My son scares me since he is in complete denial and I pray to God that he will soon understand that he must get his life in control. Good luck and God bless everyone fighting this sneaky and sometimes deadly disease. Sometime, maybe not in our lifetime, a cure will be found. It is not easy to live with but what choice do we have. There is an enemy in our bodies and we must keep it in check. Ignorance is not bliss, it eventually kills. I am not afraid because I know I can keep this in check and my life is beautiful.
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