Diabetes Health Type 2: Incorporating Exercise Into His Day Is Key for Daniel Gimple

By Claire Lynch   Daniel Gimple was having a dry mouth and wasn’t sure what was causing it. He stopped at an Urgent Care center after work one day last year and discovered some very high blood sugar levels. An ambulance was called and Daniel was hospitalized for five days.   He didn’t know his complete medical history because he was adopted. After being told

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Using the Tandem Insulin Pump Has Helped Keeping Her Blood Sugars in a Good Range

By Claire Lynch At age 19 Michele Cramer went to her doctor afraid that she had a urinary tract infection. The nurse asked her to give a urine sample and they discovered sugar in her urine. She had all of the classic symptoms of Type 1 – fatigue, excessive thirst and frequent UTIs – and after additional testing they determined that’s what it was. Her

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Golfing and Keeping Active Are Key for Paul Flynn

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.

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Being Creative and Inspired While Managing Type 2 Diabetes

When Sharon Mirabella was hospitalized nine years ago the physicians ran some blood tests and discovered that her A1C was 6.7. Thirst was the only unusual symptom she had noticed.   Once diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes they started her on some oral medication and she met one on one with a nutritionist.   Her A1C now hovers around 5.6 and Sharon, who is 59,

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Diabetes Health Type 2: This Man Says That Tennis Helps Him Control Type 2 Diabetes

Emil Backofen didn’t have any relatives with Type 2 diabetes so he wasn’t keenly aware of it. When he was traveling in Europe 29 years ago, he felt very thirsty and didn’t know why. He went from fast food place to fast food place getting some extra-large cold drinks and they still weren’t satisfying his thirst.   It was during a hospitalization on that trip

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Denial Didn’t Work, Taking Action Did

Danielle Batiste-Bond first went to her physician in 2013 complaining of a dry mouth and frequent urination.  Her doctor initially said that she was pre-diabetic but in time her A1C crept up and hit 8.6.   Danielle’s doctor used the words “Type 2” and started her on Metformin but she was in denial about the whole disease. “I didn’t want to hear anything about diabetes,”

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Diabetes Health Type 2: This Creative Woman Makes Time for Exercise

Dawn Andrews suggests that anyone newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes check their blood sugar numbers often to get an idea of what foods they can tolerate and which ones create spikes. She always wrote them down in a log and analyzed what she had eaten. Dawn, 72, was diagnosed at age 50 by her physician during a routine physical. Her highest A1C was 7.1

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Losing Weight Is Key in Managing Type 2 Diabetes

When Donald “Buddy” Worrell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago he wasn’t surprised. His doctor had been sending him for blood tests every three months because he was taking cholesterol-lowering statins and they saw his A1C creeping up.   Once it went over 6.5 his doctor said that he was diabetic and started him on Metformin. “He also encouraged me to start

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America’s Diabetes Challenge: One Celebrity’s Lesson About A1Cs

S. Epatha Merkerson is best known for her former role in the TV series Law and Order. Today you can see her on the popular show Chicago Med as the hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin. S. Epatha’s celebrity status does not take away from her passion in helping other people with diabetes learn more about their disease. She comes from a family with a history of

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Type 2 Diagnosis Lit My Fire: 100 Lbs. Down and a 4.9 A1C!

By Janel Johnson  In November 2005, with an A1c of 7.5%, I was told that I had type 2 diabetes.  It shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to me because my mother has type 2 and her mother died from complications due to her uncontrolled diabetes. My being overweight just quickened my diagnosis as I often ate fast food, skipped meals, loaded up

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