NDEP| Coping with Diabetes

NDEP| Coping with Diabetes


On-screen: Coping with Diabetes On-screen: How has diabetes affected your life? KIM: It’s affected my life in every way. It’s not a separate entity, I am
a diabetic and I’ve learned to live with it. ANDRE: I have to take my medicine, exercise
daily, and watch what I eat on a daily basis. MICHAEL: I’ve had problems with heart disease. I’ve had a mild stroke JIM: I had to learn how to relax. MICHAEL: I have the foot pain. On-screen: What are some things you
do to handle the stress of diabetes? JENNIFER: One of the ways I deal
with stress is I go to my punching bag. JIM: The eating actually makes a major
difference in how I feel, and how I feel makes a major difference in how I think. MICHAEL: Walking relives my stress. VICKY: I do yoga and meditate,
and I try to stick to my plan On-screen: What is the hardest thing for
you when it comes to managing your diabetes? JIM: The hardest part about having
diabetes 2 is the acceptance of it. I don’t like to get up and exercise. ANDRE: Staying away from
sodas, sweets, and fried foods. VICKY: I have to really watch my carbs. On-screen: Do you ever get tired
of having to deal with diabetes? KIM: I get overwhelmed quite a bit from the diabetes. The balance act of what I eat, my
exercise, and monitoring my blood sugar. VICKEY: When I come up against challenges managing
my diabetes I have to think “eyes on the prize.” JIM: I get tired of thinking about I’m going
to live with this probably for the rest of my life. MICHAEL: But then I think about my life goals
and I strive to do better by having better control of my blood sugar. On-screen: What scares you
most about having diabetes? JIM: The thing that scares me the most about
having type 2 diabetes is that, one, that I’ll get worse, and that there’s something wrong with me. They both go hand in hand. VICKY: The horror stories about
blindness, amputation, and neuropathy. MICHAEL: I could have a second
heart attack or I could lose my vision. On-screen: What do you want
other people with diabetes to know? JIM: What I would like people to
know about diabetes is that it’s personal. My diabetes is going to be different from yours. My numbers are going to change
according to the way that I exercise. Your numbers are going to
change because of other things. Our job is to find out what those things are. MICHAEL: If you go off your path and you’re a
diabetic, things will happen to you that are not good over many years. ANDRE: Diabetes is very manageable,
and as long as you’re taking your medicine, and you’re exercising and eating right, you
should be able to lead a normal life. VICKY: Maintain a positive attitude,
and don’t define yourself by diabetes. JENNIFER: They’re not alone
and it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a little speedbump
to make you stronger. On-screen: To learn more about
diabetes, visit www.ndep.nih.gov

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