Diabetes doesn’t pick and chooses who it wants. Diabetes will gladly take anyone it pleases, unfortunately. Here is another interview with a friend of mine who has diabetes.
- What Type of diabetes were you diagnosed with?
T: Type 2
2. Did you suffer from any symptoms before finding out you had diabetes?
T: Yes. I was lethargic, and generally sick for a very long time. Doc pulled a full blood panel to see what was going on.
3. When were you diagnosed?
T: August of 2018
4. How did your doctor discover you had diabetes?
T: See question 2
5. What information did your doctor give you about your type of diabetes?
T: Basics but nothing specifically helpful.
6. What does your diet comprise to manage your diabetes?
T: Low carbs for the most part. I swap out certain items for “keto” items so I can use my carb allowance elsewhere. I.e. I will make a sandwich with keto-bread (3g of carbs for 2 slices) instead of with regular or gluten free bread (30+g carb per slice) and use the 17g of carbs saved to have some apple slices.
7. Are you taking medication to help? And what type?
T: I am not taking medication at the moment. I took metformin for like…a day? And it made me feel like my joints were exploding. So I stopped
8. How has this affected your mental health?
T: On its own, not a lot. But coupled with the rest of my body being riddled with other issues the diabetes is kind of occasionally the straw that makes the camel cry uncontrollably before getting up and moving on.
9. Have you had to change a lot in your life in order to manage your diabetes?
T: Not …really? I already have celiac so I have had to be conscious of what I eat for years. The insulin is a major annoyance and I constantly forget but it is otherwise not really a big deal.
10. How has having diabetes affected your overall lifestyle?
T: I go to the gym now. I hate the gym.
11. Have you tried any consumer products in order to help manage your diabetes? What are they? Have they helped?
12. Have you ever heard of VIANA Stevia before I mentioned it in a previous blog?
T: I have. I have tried it before but stevia in general has a weird flavor to me.
13. Would you be willing to try it instead of granulated sugar in your diet? Why or why not?
T: I tried it before and it has a strange aftertaste to me. But, I’d be willing to give it another go, as to has been a long while since I last tried it.
I want to thank my friend for interviewing with me. I am so grateful that I have so many amazing family and friends willing to talk to me about their experiences with diabetes. T, I thank you so much for talking to me.
Here are links to my other blogs about the different types of diabetes, about the product, and the link to where you can buy the products to try it for yourself. Don’t let diabetes win and don’t let sugar be one of the culprits helping diabetes win. Change your sugar intake by taking a sugar substitute like VIANA Stevia.
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