Living With Diabetes – My Type 2 Story

Living With Diabetes - My Type 2 Story

I remember the night before I went for my diabetes test, I felt this illness was something that wouldn’t happen to me – thinking one had to be obese to be living with diabetes, I was so wrong. I had an unquenchable thirst and a few other symptoms, which was very unsual. I had a rash, I was suffering from bad headaches, constant tummy upsets and I was lethargic.

Thankfully my doctor after a visit recommended that I had some blood taken. The results came back confirming that I was a type 2 diabetic. I remember being sat in my car having heard the news and feeling in complete shock, I cried, it felt like my life was over.

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Living With Diabetes – The First Steps I Took

My GP at that time helped me to decide on an endocrinologist and what diabetic clinic to attend, I was also put on medication. I used to visit the endocrinologist quite frequently over the first 18 months, plus I visited a nutritionist. It all seemed straight forward, however, I was struggling big time, I was scared, sad, and still in denial.

One evening whilst at my appointment with the endocrinologist, I realised that they were not the specialist for me. I felt he had no interest in me, how I was coping mentally with my diagnosis or how I was managing to control my glucose levels. I needed someone who understood my situation better. That evening I made the best decision for me, my health, and my diabetes.

I am telling you this as it can be difficult to trust yourself and make decisions when you are faced with so much but I decided to change to a different endocrinologist in another hospital and I can say that I have never regretted it.

Living with diabetes – me and my husband Denis

Managing My Diabetes

Looking after oneself when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is very important. Taking preventative steps may stop other illnesses from happening in the future.

These are my main tips and points for living with diabetes…

  • I regularly attend my endocrinologist, nutritionist, podiatrist and go for eye check-ups too.
  • Daily exercise and eating healthy (not saying I am perfect, I love chocolate).
  • Maintaining a healthy weight. I have always struggled with my weight – I find exercise helps a lot, my favourite thing to do is to get out in nature and walk, take in the scenery and enjoy.
  • The importance of proper blood glucose control.
  • Blood sugar level needs to remain in a healthy range.
  • Hypoglycaemia (Low Blood sugars) – If glucose levels get too low, we can lose the ability to think and function normally. The following are a few things to keep in mind to prevent low glucose levels.
    • Do not skip meals.
    • Avoid alcohol on an empty tummy.
  • If on medication check your blood sugars regularly.
  • Hyperglycaemia (High Blood sugars) – High blood sugars can cause damage or complications to the body if not kept in check over years.
Getting out into nature – Wild Bluebells

I hope these tips have helped you. Everyone’s journey is unique, there is no one size fits all for type 2 diabetes.

There are many treatments out here to help and I would recommend researching as many as possible so that you can find what works best for you.

Remember a huge part of managing type 2 diabetes is developing a healthy diet, finding diet plans that best suit your lifestyle and holding a mindset of ‘Eat to win’ every day.

Fitness is important when managing, start small with an exercise programme and work your way up.
As I said earlier I love to walk and love building my steps and getting moving.

Exercising and meeting friends – The Marina at Greystones, County Wicklow.

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My Type 2 Story – Living With Diabetes

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have found this post helpful, you can also check out my My Type 2 Diabetes Story And What Has Helped Me Since Being Diagnosed 30 Years Ago post.

If you have any questions about my story or the products that I have found helpful please drop me an email ( as I would love to hear from you and would be really happy to help.

If you have anything to share about your own experience living with diabetes and what has helped you, please leave me a comment at the end of this post.

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