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"How to live on the healthy side of diabetes"

Updated on September 1, 2009

"How to live on the healthy side of diabetes"

My husband and I both was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but we learned how to control it.
My husband and I both was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but we learned how to control it.

"How o live on the healthy side of diabetes"

In May 2002, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my whole world as I knew it changed. I should'nt have been shocked because my mother has type 2 diabetes.   I  was caught off guard with the diagnosis, but for what ever reason; I wasn't given diabetic medications at the time.  I took it upon myself to look for supplements that would help and I found that cinnamon supplements would help so that was what I used.  I use the cinnamon supplements but I didn't really change my eating habits, which was a big mistake. After doing  research on diabetes I realized how serious the disease was because of the alarming information, I found out about.   I learned that eating white food products was really bad for diabetes, so I toss all of the sugar, white rice, flour and everything else white in the trash can.  I started to eat whole grain foods and basicially anything that was brown.  Getting rid of my sugar was really the hard thing to do, but I did give it up.  After two years of cinnamon supplements and trying to eat  the  right  foods, I decided to go the doctor for a check up.    I found out that my A1C was 12, when it should have been 7 or under; I was in shock.   The doctor immediately gave me meformin to take twice a day and my A1C starting coming back down to almost normal.  While at the doctor's office we learn that because of my husband 's contac with agent orange, he had also contracted type 2 diabetes also, he was given metformin too.  we both were taking the same medication for diabetes and hypertention.   We both got serious about our diabetes health, by eating properly, testing atleast twice a day, and exercising 4 to5 times a week.  We both lost some weight, which brought our A1C down some more, but not enough to lose our diabetes yet.  We haven't given up on losing enough weight to lose the diabetes problem altogether.  If you're diabetic here are a  few very Important  tips to help you stay on the healthy side of diabetes.

Some helpful tips to remember:

1.Always take your medication right

2. Test 2 to 3 times a day, to know where your glucose level is.

3. Eat whole grain foods,fruits but be careful to eat cheese with your fruits, it helps glucose level stay down.

4. Eat lots of fresh vegetables

5.Eat less sugar and carbohydrates as possible

6. Eat smaller portions

7.Exercise regularly atleast 2 to 3 times a week

8.Get your eyes tested once a year

9. Get you feet checked regularly too.

By following these rules  of thumb, it will keep you on the healthy side of diabetes, and keep you protected from diabetic complications.

Diabetes is a dangerous disease, but you can control it and if you work at it hard enough with diet and exercise you might be able to get off your medication.

I'm working hard with my diet and exercise to lose enough weight  to lose the type 2 diabetes that's cramping my life style.

Remember diabetes also causes hypertention, heart disease, and depression, it's not a disease we can play with, we may  tread litely, but  we must attack ferociously.

Benny Faye Douglass



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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you so much for your advice and feedback. have a very nice day. creativeone59

    • Mr Nice profile image

      Mr Nice 8 years ago from North America

      Hi Creativeone59: Very interesting hub, although some people inherit this disease but for others it's about lifestyle issue. Remember they say you are what you eat.

      It is very true & lifestyle does matter. You can even control your diabetes & hypertension by just changing your lifestyle without any medications. Medications do have their side effects too.

      Milk thistle is very good for diabetes, you can buy Milk thistle tea bags & drink it just once or twice a day & you will see your sugar levels improved. Brussel sprouts are very good for diabetes too.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      This is very good information. I have learned a lot about diabetes. I have had three brothers to pass who were diabetics as well as my father in law. I also have a ten year old grand daughter who is a Type I diabetic. I plan her meals carefully whenever she is with me and make sure that they are very healthy and balanced, counting carbs etc.

      This is crucial in determining the proper amount of insulin she needs to take. I have been amazed at how very responsible she is and she does not eat anything without letting me know.

      Many believe that you can still eat the same way.

      You have inspired me to share our experience with how serious diabetes can be for children.

      Thank You,