Diabetes story: Inform yourself and prepare to change!
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Diabetes story: Educate yourself and prepare to change
Who this story is about?
The Dianurse Team presents J Smith. J is 42 years old, from Little Rock, AR. J wants to share her story and raise awareness about diabetes. J thinks people should understand that every type of diabetes is important. Not compared or turned against each other. Learn more about J’s interesting story.
First diabetes experience
Dianurse: For how long do you suffer from diabetes? J Smith: I have had Diabetes for 10 years.
Dianurse: How did you realize it? How did you start your diabetes journey? J Smith: I realized that I had Diabetes when I would have dizzy spells, nausea, times before I had passed out. After a trip to the doctor and blood work was done I discovered I was diabetic. It was a rough start with my diabetes journey. After years of doctors giving misinformation about how to maintain it, I had to develop my own process and understand what diabetes is and how to live with it.
Dianurse: Did you know what diabetes was and how to act with it? J Smith: No, I had no idea what Diabetes was and how to act with being diagnosed.
About biggest fears …
Dianurse: What were your biggest fears at that time? J Smith: My biggest fears are death, amputations, and taking medication for the rest of my life.
How to manage diabetes
Dianurse: What’s the best way to manage diabetes, based on your experience? J Smith: Truth is that I’m still working on managing diabetes. It’s definitely a full-time job that takes a lot of work and every single day is a challenge.
Dianurse: Tell us more about your lifestyle, diet, and fitness/sport activities? J Smith: My lifestyle has changed drastically. No more fast food or sodas. Lots of fruits, raw vegetables, nuts, and lots of salads. I walk and do Yoga at least 3 days per week.
Dianurse: What is your favorite dish and why? J Smith: I don’t really have a favorite or special dish.
Dianurse: What would be the best/most effective way to keep your blood sugar in the healthy range, again based on your experience? J Smith: For me what works to keep my blood sugar is drinking plenty of water and increasing my raw vegetable intake.
About diabetes and tech nology
Dianurse: Technology is rapidly penetrating healthcare. There are literally thousands of apps capable to track vital signs of humans, or simply data loggers (carbs, blood glucose, etc.). What would be the added value of these technology advances for diabetics? How technology can help diabetics to effectively control their diabetes? J Smith: Everyday someone with Diabetes looks for ways to manage or help to monitor your blood sugar. I believe that technology definitely helps and acts as an aid to control blood sugar. I think that it will continue to advance and become more helpful to Diabetics.
Dianurse: What do you think about the constant connectivity that tele-health app brings to both diabetics and healthcare providers? J Smith: The telehealth app helps to Diabetics that are going through the physical, emotional, and mental effects of Diabetes. To the healthcare provider, it gives them an insight into how a person with Diabetes feels and goes through on a personal level.
Dianurse: How can you inspire others to take better care of themselves and their diabetes? J Smith: Inspiring others to take care of themselves and Diabetes is hard because it’s a lot of work to manage. After having seen Diabetes in a negative light in my own family and not having any support with my Diabetic journey I would tell people to be prepared to change your life completely. Everything triggers Diabetes so you have to be ready to change your whole mindset. I hope my constant fight and sharing the good and the bad about Diabetes will help to inspire someone else.
Monica is a marketing maanger at Dianurse and a blogger.