10 Must-Haves for a Healthy Type 2 Diabetic Life
Don't miss out on those memorable moments.
By Kalimah Johnson
October 2010 — The last time I found myself writing for this column, I remember feeling quite defeated by my diagnosis and even more discouraged about my morning readings. That was two months ago, and in that column I promised to move more, eat less, drink water, see my doctor and manage my disease like a winner and not a loser.
I had to search high and low (but not very far) for the motivation I needed to help me make healthier choices. I found that motivation in what I call "memorable moments." What I mean by that is I had to remind myself that I am living this life because I don't want to miss out on the moments in time that transform me and others around me (positively) and make me feel happy to be alive and healthy.
For instance, I love to be with family; I adore traveling; I need my circles of friends and social affairs; and I find my work quite rewarding. I have goals, dreams, and aspirations that I would like to achieve that will positively impact the community I live in and hope to continue to serve. In order to continue those things I have to have a zest for managing my type 2 diabetes, or else I'm going to miss out on the benefits of living a full life, and the memorable moments.
Since the last article, I went to the doctor and yes, she changed my medication. Again. I thought I would have to go on the needle, but my doctor has opted to switch my orals and dosage and hopefully that will be all I need. However, I understand that re-organizing the meds is just one thing I can have my doctor change in order to have better readings in the morning. So I started riding my bike, walking, and taking the stairs. I have started counting points via the Weight Watchers program (although I probably should join a group) and stopped eating large meals at night before going to bed. I am drinking more water too.
Last month my readings were consistently over 200 in the morning; now they're between 130 and 160. My goal is to have them between 80 and 120, which is also the target range suggestion from most medical professionals and diabetic associations.
The past couple of days have seen signs of slowing in the rate of type 2 diabetes diagnosis in the United States. For the first time in twenty years, the Centers for Disease Control are reporting a leveling off of diabetes diagnoses, rather than the typical climb. Though the leveling off applied overall, the aging, blacks, Hispanics and the poorly educated saw a continued rise in the number of people diagnosed with type 2. This is unsurprising, given the CDC believes that...