When Paul Flynn was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic at age 53 he was surprised. He had been active all of his life as a Physical Education teacher, as a Health teacher and as a sports coach in a high school.
“Looking back, I knew that my father was Type 2,” Paul says. “There can be a genetic component so I wasn’t totally surprised.
“My high blood sugar showed up on some routine blood tests so my doctor started me on Metformin right away. Soliqua, which is an injectable, long-acting insulin, and Farxiga were added eventually. The combination of medications is working well. Initially my A1C was 7.6 and these past few years it’s been 6.9.”
Paul says that the key to his success is eating smaller quantities of food, watching the carbohydrates and keeping active.
Paul, 78, was a longtime Maryland resident until he and his wife, Carole, retired and moved to central Florida almost six years ago.
Their retirement years include spending time with their three children and three grandchildren in Florida.
Paul golfs three times a week with friends. He and Carole also enjoy playing bocce ball with their neighbors.
“The exercise is good,” Paul notes. “So is the fresh air and sunshine. I never really liked the cold weather in Maryland so Florida works.”
The Flynns cruise a few times each year. “We’ve both taken more than 22 cruises and we’ve been to 40 countries,” he says. “I really enjoyed touring Alaska and Pompeii, Italy.
“We also flew to China then took a land tour and cruised parts of the country. Each place was amazing. Those three trips were my favorite.”
For people who are newly diagnosed as Type 2, Paul says, “Don’t be afraid of the diagnosis. It’s manageable. Find a doctor that can guide you. That’s been the key as far as I’m concerned.
“I go for lab work every three months then follow up with my endocrinologist. In the office we go over my A1C results and she makes whatever suggestions will help me.
“These past 25 years as a diabetic have been educational. I’ve learned a lot about the disease and about the various types of medications.
“I know I’m on track. I don’t dwell on my diabetes, I’m out there enjoying life every day.”