Lifestyle Changes

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Lifestyle Changes



My grandma was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes when she was 50. It's been over twenty years since she received her diagnosis. She has lost 40 pounds and lives a healthy lifestyle now. At first it was a learning process for everyone in the family. What is diabetes? How to test your blood sugar? How to change your diet to control your blood sugar level? Many questions were asked. Eventually everyone got educated to help grandma to fight diabetes. The doctor suggested her to test her blood sugar level as many as ten times per day. I remember vividly the first time when she pricked her fingers: I cried and ran away. I thought she was going to die. Now everyone in the family is used to grandma's daily routine. We ask her if she has checked her blood sugar and if she has taken her medications. Together, we helped her to make some lifestyle changes. My older brother and his dog Bret would work out with grandma three times a week. My mom would buy sugar free products from the supermarket. I helped my grandma to test her blood sugar since she slowly lost her eye sight. One of the biggest changes we made over the years was diet. We served fresh green salad instead of potato salads with bacon; we drank water with lemon wedges instead of soda; We served roasted turkey breast with plenty of vegetables instead of meatloaf with gravy; we served fresh strawberries and blueberries for dessert instead of ice cream. At 75, my grandma is as healthy as she can be. Her diabetes diagnosis did not stop her from enjoying life. Diabetes not only made us closer as a family, but also made the entire family healthier. With careful planning, anyone can control diabetes and live a happy life.



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Ariel, Your grandma enjoying life and she doesn't let her diabetes get in her way. She does her execise and eat right. Grandma, keep up the good work. Great job!

Jul 05, 2013 - 10:31 PM by Rosalind W

that great and bless she has angels like you help

May 17, 2013 - 2:21 PM by jenel m

That is so great how your family came together like that! What a lucky grandma y'all have!

Aug 31, 2012 - 12:45 PM by Jeremy B

Great job supporting your grandma. Exercising is very important. I think she will do great for many years to come.

Aug 13, 2012 - 4:51 PM by Qi Z

Ariel, you and your family are so incredibly supportive and loving. i wish all the families of patients I treat were as wonderful as all of you are. You have in so many ways saved your grandmothers life by making her feel loved! I wish your Grandma continued health! Dorit

Jul 25, 2012 - 9:12 PM by Dorit M

Ariel, thank you for sharing the story of your grandmother. It is always amazing to see the great things a patient can do when they have the right support around them. Clearly exercise and diet played a major role in not only getting your grandmother on the right track but your entire family as well! Keep up the great work and I hope you share more stories with our healtheo360 family. Dave

Jun 26, 2012 - 6:15 PM by David D

Thanks for sharing your experience Ariel. Ii's inspiring to know that your entire family became closer and healthier as a result of a loved ones diagnosis. Wishing you and yours all the best.

Jun 26, 2012 - 3:45 PM by Philip T

Thank you Phil for sharing your stories! I'd also love to live my life fearlessly. You are such a great inspiration.

Jun 26, 2012 - 4:03 PM by Ariel T

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