Living Well With Diabetes
This story is about one of my loved ones, my aunt. She has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, when she went to the doctor, her blood pressure was too high; so she was prescribed blood pressure medicine and bed rest. This diagnosis meant the end of her life to her, because she thought that she would not be able to do so many things that she was able to do now. My aunt was really depressed and she did not want to live anymore until I introduced her a friend of mine that also has diabetes. This friend is 38 years old and she looks as a normal as a person without diabetes, she looks healthy, strong and happy. My aunt could not believe that this friend of mine had diabetes, because she did not look as a person with diabetes at all.
My aunt was really amazed when she met her, and she asked her what her secret was to look as healthy and strong like her, and she advised my aunt to walk and eat more vegetables. My aunt got really motivated by this friend of mine and she started eating more healthy and walking 1 mile every day. After 2 months of doing this, my aunt told us that she was feeling really good, then on her next visit to the doctor, the doctor said that if she kept eating healthy and exercising like she was doing now, she would have a normal life like anybody else, and she would live for many years with no problems.
Diabetes is a severe lifetime condition, but there is so many things that you can do to protect your health. Taking good care of yourself can look overwhelming when you have diabetes—whether you have just learned that you have the disease or you have had it for a long time. It can be terrifying, overwhelming and devastating unless you learn to control it so it does not control you. Diabetes is one disease you can really control with your actions-- what you eat, physical activity, how you handle stress, whether you take your medication and monitor your blood sugar levels. You can live well with diabetes.