My Journey with Diabetes

Matt Baines

Matt Baines


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Diabetes: Type II, Weight Problems


Exercise, Diet Therapy

Medical History

As a young lad, I always fancied what most young lads do when they are young; watching sports, playing video games, parties and hanging out with friends after work,  A couple of months ago I started feeling woozy and tired all the time. Fatigue meant I couldn't do my job properly and that is when I went to seek medical advice.

When I was diagnosed 5 years ago, I didn't know what to do .I felt like someone was playing a cruel joke on me! Like "why me? " were the first words out of my mouth when they test came out and I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  


Through these trying times, I have learnt the value of family and friendship. My parents have always been there for me as well my siblings, Every doctor's appointment, every shot, every pill, every step of the way, by my side encouraging and supporting me. My motivation comes from them, and through attending monthly  also seeing how other people diagnosed with the same disease have lived healthy fulfilling lives 

Encouraging Words
I allude to the fact that maybe one of my future children may be diagnosed with diabetes. But in the face of adversity, I choose to remain positive. With the right care and lifestyle choices, the disease can be managed as opposed to letting the disease manage you.

Exercise Description
As a hardcore gamer, I could play for hours on end, I was a couple of pounds over weight but that did not really bother me at all. For the past 3 years, I have been going for a run in the morning for 4 days a week. At first it was a nightmare, I didn't have the physical or mental strength to run on the treadmill. Gradually my Dad came to exercise with me and it slowly grew into a habit, a nice one at that!

Treatment Description
My doctor reviewed medication, gave me instructions on how to test my blood, and encouraged me to adopt a low carbohydrate diet.My doctor made it pretty clear that choclate and foods with sugar are all out of the question now. Now I have a low-calorie diet with plenty of fresh groceries. 
To keep my blood sugar in check I started on a diet D high in omega-3 fatty acids—the "good fat" in cold-water fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, and Atlantic mackerel. I also love peas, cannelloni beans, kidney beans, and lentils—with an addition to soups, salads, and a variety of ethnic dishes. And this low-fat, low-calorie, high-fiber, high-protein and fiber slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream.

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