Do you have Diabetes or know someone who does?
 If you or a loved one has Diabetes and you or they are not doing so well with it, please get help.

The on line American Diabetes Association has very helpful information for you.

In February of 2001, I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes.

My doctor put me on medication, told me to make an appointment for classes in how to use my blood testing monitor that I was to go buy and start using right away, four times a day. I would also learn about the diet I should be on and to stay away from regular soft drinks in the mean time.

Well, I could not get an appointment for the classes for two weeks and I learned they cost $140.00. This was for two hours, twice a week for the first week and two and a half hours for the second week.

I knew I had to be on a special diet and I didnít want to wait for two weeks to learn about it. So, I got on line and found the American Diabetes Association.

The monitor I purchased for checking my sugar levels, had all the instructions I needed to learn how to use it. I learned about my diet on line and when it was time for me to go to classes, I called and canceled my appointment because I didnít need them. I learned how to balance my diet and watch those carbohydrates. I learned that I needed to measure and weigh the food I ate and how to measure the carbohydrates because they turn to sugar. I just knew I was going to starve to death. But you know, after I got the hang of it all, I was never hungry.

But then I found I had other problems caused from the diabetes because I had it for a very long time before being diagnosed.

I had been having severe pain in my leg for a long time, it was to the point that I could hardly walk a few feet. I was living on Advil for the pain but it really didnít help that much. I thought, well I am getting old and I guess that just goes along with old age. But I found I had Neuropathy. When my blood sugar started going down, the pain got worse and I also had a lot of uncomfortable tingling and prickling in my hands, arms, feet and legs.

Then I found that along with that I had blockage in the arteries of my legs. If I wasnít careful I could lose them.

My doctor said that I had to exercise and recommended walking. Easy for him to say, I thought. He wanted me to be able to walk one block without the pain. I thought, this will never happen, I canít walk two feet. But I started walking, a little at a time and it hurt. I mean IT HURT! I never gave up though and it got to where I was walking a little farther every day.

To make a long story short. One year after being diagnosed with diabetes, I am now off the medication. I am still on the diet which I have found is not bad at all. I canít have pie and cake or candy and cookies but there is some very good sugar free ice cream, cakes, pies and the like. Although they are loaded with carbohydrates which you need to watch but they can be worked in with the diet. I only have to check my blood sugar once a week now. My doctor orders blood work every three months and the results have been coming back great.

I can walk a whole block and a half ( that may not seem like much, but to me it is) and I can go shopping with my friends without being in misery. I have lost over forty five pounds and have a new ward robe.

The main thing is I FEEL like a new person. Praise the Lord!

What I want to tell you is this. If you have type two Diabetes, YOU can beat it. YOU can do it. Your doctor or no one else can do it for you. They can help but it is up to YOU. YOU are the one who has to learn all you can, stay on a good diet and exercise. Even type two diabetes can kill you folks, or other complications from it. If you don't take care of the diabetes you can have very serious complications. Such as, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, amputations, blindness.

Even if you don't have diabetes, it is good to learn about it and the symptoms. Some of the symptoms are very subtle and you can have it for a long time without knowing . It's a good idea to get a regular check up, that is something I didn't do. Diabetes can sneak up on you, especially if you are middle aged and even a little over weight.

I have heard some people who are on insulin say that they don't watch their diet, they eat what they want and just increase the dosage of insulin. Yet they will tell you also that their blood sugar runs high and they wonder why. Get educated people!

The American Diabetes Association has a lot of information for you. Get on their site and learn all you can. Take care of yourself and God bless.

Here is a link to the American Diabetes Association