Being Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

I found out about three years ago while I was about to have surgery that I have Diabetes Type 2. Some of the symptoms were dry mouth and waking up frequently in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. They had taken some blood tests and found out my glucose level were way up. I went to see the doctor immediately since my surgery was cancelled because of this diagnosis. I found out from my doctor that I would have a long struggle ahead and I would have to make some changes right away and in the near future.�¯�¿�½

My doctor explained what diabetes did to the body which made sense since I had some of the symptoms. He also told me that diabetes affects everybody differently. I played soccer during the past year and I kept on getting dry mouth every time I played. I was also always thirsty and getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. He prescribed Glucaphage at first to see if just that could control it. I also smoked and drank a lot of coffee and soft drinks. So a lot of what I did would have to go.
During the first year and a half I did not take it seriously but as my sugar levels increased I noticed what my body was telling me. I stopped with the soft drinks and started drinking more water. I had noticed that I was having more and more trouble with erections so the doctor gave me samples of Viagra which helped but not a whole lot. He next tried me on Cialis which did the trick for weeks on end. I had decided then that I needed to quit smoking since smoking does hide certain ailments of diabetes. This was going to be tough but I had decided to do for myself and family.�¯�¿�½

So I quit smoking with the help of commit lozenges and I started to exercise on a regular basis. My sugar was still high after several months of quitting smoking. So my doctor started me on Lantus Insulin and 4mg tablets of Amaryll on a daily basis. I started to bring my sugar down to normal levels. My levels of caffeine dropped as well since I drank coffee when I smoked. I felt healthy especially when I exercised and the only drawback to quitting smoking was my blood pressure was a little high.
With diabetes, my physician explained, is a continuous battle which you can never slip up. I still have high levels if I eat or drink the wrong food and drink. I test my sugar every day and try to keep it under 140 levels most of the time. I have to be careful with infections since they take longer to heal up in people with diabetes especially with cuts on my feet and hands. Colds take longer to go away as well. The lower the levels of sugar in the body the more normal the body reacts to infections.�¯�¿�½

Having diabetes type 2 is not the end of the world. You just have to make sure you control it and keep it under control. Please take it seriously and do not give up on it. Everyone reacts differently to having diabetes but the main thing is to do what your doctor suggests and you can lead a healthy and long life. I am fine and keeping my diabetes under control and I am healthy, more so now.

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