Diabetes Type II
I have been meaning to write about my experience with Diabetes Type II. Recently a co-worker asked me about my experience and how I reversed my outcome because her mother was just diagnosed.
When I was diagnosed 07-06-2016 my A1C was off the charts high at 8.7%. I was experiencing migraines and vomiting a lot when eating sugar. When the doctor sat me down to talk to me about it I was in shock, angry and scared. She put me on Metformin once a day at night to start me out and let me know that I needed to eat nutritionally and lose weight. I didn't receive much guidance. A light bulb went off in my head and I made lifestyle changes to improve my situation. I had to get a glucose monitor and test strips. I had no idea which one to choose. It turned out my insurance chose for me because they only cover certain brands. I have been meaning to write something about my experience because there are so many things that I was upset about and had to learn to take seriously. You think oh it will never happen to me. I took it seriously and brought my A1C from 8.7% down to 5.8% in less than a year. (04-05-2017)
I immediately gave up all sugar. Say no to all of those holiday sugar treats! Educate people around you. People don’t seem to understand that giving sugar candy, cake, pie, treats during the holidays to a diabetic is like giving poison to someone.
I hadn't realized how much sugar I was consuming especially in my drinks. It is truly an addiction (sugar). Now I'm drinking more water with lemon and mint to flavor it. It is difficult for me to drink water and I was addicted to soda. I found a healthy alternative.
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I joined weight watchers (online and meetings to hold me accountable and be part of a supportive group). I lost 35lbs. The mobile application is very helpful. You can keep track of your meals, activity level and weight lose progress. There are helpful tools that will help with meal planning, shopping and support.
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My husband bought me an apple watch and I started walking more and started tracking my steps. Start off making small goals to get moving and be active. Walking is the safest exercise. Any kind of pedometer would help. Each week set new goals to walk more steps. The ultimate goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day which I could only accomplish on weekends because my job requires so much sitting.
Having the glucose monitor helps with being aware of sugar levels. I would check my sugar twice a day. Once in the morning and once before bed and if I felt sick I would check it again. The Metformin helps regulate it too. If a person doesn't take control themselves the medication could increase to insulin shots and cause further health issues.
My recommendation is to learn as much as you can to help support the person in your life that has diabetes and take it seriously.
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Type 2 - American Diabetes Association
Type 2. Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia.
Fruits that are safe to eat are:
Fruits to avoid:
Any canned fruit
Mixing fruit with protein like cottage cheese helps balance out the sugar as well. I eat cottage cheese with vanilla Greek yogurt with berries for my night time sweet tooth snack. Sprinkle some cinnamon for flavor. Cinnamon and Tumeric helps with keeping sugar readings level as well.
I also take Tumeric everyday.
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Jennifer Estevez, M.Ed.