Diabetes

“If I would have known then I wouldn’t have gotten diabetes.”

“If I would have known then I wouldn’t have gotten diabetes.”
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This is a quote from a patient I saw this past week. Her reasoning for coming into Physical Therapy was unrelated to diabetes but she saw my pumper hanging on my side and it became a conversation starter and instant diabetes buddies

She was diagnosed a couple years ago with type 2 diabetes. She began her story by telling me the doctors told her she needs to start eating right and exercising or she will get diabetes.

The doctor didn’t tell her how or didn’t provide her with any resources to help guide her in this process.

She didn’t know where to start so she continued down the only way she knew how to live…

This is a common reality that happens to over 1.4 million people in the US each year.

Type 1 and Type 2 are very different, but I have a goal to help all diabetics, whether you’re type 1, type 2, gestational or prediabetic, in my future career as a Physical Therapist.

Diabetes is manageable. Hard work, but manageable.

Eliminate some of the stress by:

Eating foods with high fiber and low sugar content.🍎🥑🥦

Daily allowance of sugar per day is 24-36 grams. Make sure to pay close attention to food labels, especially in “reduced fat” foods, where sugar is often high to make up for the taste of taking out the fat! Important to note: 1 teaspoon=4 grams so you can see how quickly 24-36 grams can add up!

Exercising: get at least 30-45 mins of activity in a day, whether that’s walking, weight lifting, swimming, or biking 🏋‍♀🚣🤽⛷⛹️Exercise helps to maintain muscle, which helps with healthy blood sugar regulation.

Reduce stress: meal prep for the week, prepare for the next day, and plan ahead to avoid surprises that weren’t planned on the agenda for the day. 🍽📚📝

I’m learning now so I can share and educate you for the future. The information I share is based on my personal experiences, but they can also pertain to all diabetics because healthy lifestyle affects diabetes management, no matter you’re type💙
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Were you given guidance when you were first diagnosed? Or were you handed an insulin pen and a Calorie King book and told to eat low carb diet, like I was?

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