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Signs of Living With Type 2 Diabetes

Updated on December 17, 2013

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Living With Diabetes

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes your sugar levels to rise higher than normal. I was first diagnosed with diabetes three years ago. Back then it was controlled and I was just taking pills to treat it. One of the medications I was taking was metformin. I didn't care about my diabetes because I didn't understand the ramifications of the diagnosis. As my diabetes got worse, I had to be put on insulin. I also have to take insulin everyday four times a day. I also have to check my blood glucose levels. I thought that was a death sentence, but was is not. I learned a lot of things to little to late. I suffer from Diabetes type 2, had I known that getting diabetes was detrimental to my health I would have taken better care of myself. Now I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet and need to wear special shoes with special inserts to prevent my feet from going numb. I rarely have feeling in my feet and I cant stand up for more that five minutes at a time. I am not allowed to take a hot shower or get a pedicure because I wouldn't know when my feet are to hot. Your body make a hormone called insulin. When you have diabetes your body does not make enough insulin or none at all. Over time, high blood sugar can cause negative affects on eyes, kidneys, feet and heart.

Some Early Detection Sign of Diabetes

According to American Diabetics Association:

  • Urinating frequently
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry Vision
  • Numbness or tingling in the hand
  • numbness or tingling in the feet

A balance diet of fruits and vegetable is key.


Late Detection Equals Problems

Over three million people suffer from diabetes everyday in the United States. Most people you ask will say it comes from being overweight...meaning you can better control your health by exercising, eating right and taking your medications regularly. As for me I suffered from all the signs of being diabetic so now I am on insulin to get my blood sugar under control. I was refer red to a pharmacist who is currently working to help me get my A1C under 7%. Right now it is at 11%. I once was warned about pre-diabetics but I didn't listen when the doctor told me I was at risk. I continued to do the same things. Not exercising, and continuing to overeat. It always important to listen to your doctor.


Light Run
Moderate Walk
GOAL 20-30 min daily
GOAL 20-30 min daily
20-30 min daily
5 minutes first week
5 minutes first week
Light Aerobics
10 minutes second week
10 minutes second week
Don't forget to increase your exercise gradually each week safely.

Taking better care of myself

A weight loss of 5-10% and 30 minutes daily of moderate physical activity could help prevent or delay diabetics. It shouldn't slow me down as long as I start to take better care of my body and mind. I still have a lot to learn about diabetes and the effects it has on me. The symptoms I have had in the past are going away, I understand I will have diabetes for the rest of my life but at it becoming more manageable. You should use a glucose meter to check your blood glucose levels at least once day to see how exercising and eating healthy will affect you sugars. It is important to keep a log of your results. First you can stick your finger that's the most effective way you can test yourself. You can also use your forearm, thigh, or fleshy part of your hand. There are many different meters chose the one that best for you. I should eat three meals a day. Limit my sugar and sweets. Lose weight. Control the intake of carbohydrates to 60-75 grams of carbohydrates each meal. Carbohydrate might consist of breads, fruit, pasta, milk, yogurt and beans.

For People With Diabetics
Your Goals
Before Meals
Less than 110mg
2 Hours after meals
Less than 140mg
6.5% or Less
For more information, call -800-260-3730 or visit
Things to do
Blood Glucose Control
Health Care
Oral Hygiene
Healthy Diet
Healh Care


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