I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 5 month ago. Since then I dropped my A1C from 6.8 to 6.0. I lost 28 lbs and I am doing everything I can to get this under control. I still have 20 lbs to lose and my Dr would like to see my A1C down to 5.7. Problem is when I tell a friend or family member I have diabetes I get the "Oh I'm so sorry to hear that." Is having diabetes an ultimate death sentence?

Patty Bonsignore


No, people are living healthier and longer lives with diabetes than ever before. Large research studies involving people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have indicated that by keeping the A1C less than 7%, you can reduce your risk of complications from the disease. You have made some excellent changes in your life and are taking charge of your diabetes. I have had some patients tell me, “Diabetes is the best thing that ever happened to me.” When I ask them what they mean, they tell me, “diabetes was the wakeup call I needed to start losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.” So when you tell people, make sure they understand that having diabetes doesn’t mean your life is over, in fact having diabetes has helped you understand the importance of taking care of your health and given you the incentive to do so.

January 29, 2012 at 7:40 am