As today (14th November) is World Diabetes Day I would like to share my own type 2 diabetes story, my personal experience, and what has helped me in living with this chronic health condition.
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How I Found Out – My Type 2 Diabetes Story
I was diagnosed 30 years ago, after wondering why I was tired, forgetful, and why I had an unquenchable thirst for water (which went on for months). I had gone off my food, with some meals and snacks making me feel especially sick. After a series of tests, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – my initial reaction to which was complete shock and dismay!
I had a lot of questions going on in my head… How did I get diabetes? How would I manage? I felt that I was too young to have been diagnosed. I was referred to an endocrinologist who I felt had no interest other than prescribing medication. Long story short I changed to another endocrinologist who had a different approach, it was then that I really began to become educated about my own health and on coping with my newly revealed health condition.
I was linked to a nutritionist who had an interest in my health and made minor suggestions that I took on board. When I think back to all that time ago, I was blessed to have met very patient professionals that guided me. 30 years on I consider myself very healthy, I not only took on board the advice that I was given but also took responsibility for my health and wellbeing. This started me off on my journey to learning and being proactive about improving the way that I lived.
What Has Helped Me The Most Living With Type 2 Diabetes
Eating regular foods, getting exercise, avoiding alcohol and attending diabetic appointments are the key factors. Also, whilst looking to improve my nutrition I came across Forever Living Products, liked what I saw, and upon consultation with my doctor, I introduced the Aloe Vera Gel into my diet.
The following is a little about the products that I use. I want to impress upon you that these are my personal choices – for me Aloe Vera Gel has been a huge support for my health, both inside and out.
The Forever Products That Have Improved My Quality Of Life
Forever Aloe Vera Gel
Forever Living’s Aloe Vera is cultivated on fertile soils in a climate that enjoys over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, the Aloe Gel has been certified by the International Aloe Science Council for its purity.
This new drinking gel is as close to the real thing as you can get, boasting 99.7% inner leaf Aloe Gel, lovingly extracted by hand so that you can experience the true power of nature. Aloe is great for the skin, the immune system and it’s an ideal digestive aid – this purifying gel also contains Vitamin C which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
Forever Garcinia Plus
Garcinia Cambodia is a tree, native to Southeast Asia, which produces fruit prized for its culinary and beneficial purposes. As well as the fruit’s extract, Forever Garcinia Plus contains chromium which contributes to normal macronutrient metabolism and the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels. I find that chromium cuts my cravings for sugar – unfortunately, I am a Type 2 Diabetic who also has a sweet tooth.
Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea
I adore herbal tea – what started off as a somewhat acquired taste, I’ve actually grown to love it over the years.
Promote inner-calm and wellbeing with this all-natural brew of leaves, herbs and spices. This caffeine-free tea features a robust combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom and allspice without any calories. Refreshing, soothing and naturally low in calories, Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea is delicious served warm or with ice as a refreshing alternative.
My Type 2 Diabetes Story – Looking Back
As I look back at my own health before I was diagnosed I now recognise just how much I had a lot going on in my life at the time – lots of stress plus being overweight mixed in with constantly grabbing food on the go – all of this wasn’t helping.
While coming to grips with and understanding my diagnosis, I have also learned to slow down and answer the questions whirling around in my head. It is so important to be mindful of one’s health both physical and mental, and today, 30 years after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I am grateful to be in a much better place.
If you are reading this and would like to chat please reach out – let’s come together and help each other out.