My name is Sorcy Apostol. I live in Elk Grove, California. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1986. I was first diagnosed with diabetes when I was pregnant with my second daughter and the doctor told me that it was gestational diabetes. I thought it was only during pregnancy. I was unaware that if I had gestational diabetes, the potential to develop type 2 diabetes is a lifetime risk for me, so I didn’t do anything.
As soon as I found out that I have type 2 diabetes, I had to call for a family meeting. We had to discuss it seriously because the doctor told me that both my daughters have a lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes themselves. [music] I was motivated to make lifestyle changes because I was already feeling and experiencing the complications of diabetes. To help lower my family’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes we have done several things.
We do exercises together. We walk around the neighborhoods. I use the treadmill regularly. I play a lot of games and I do a lot of gardening. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I had to do a lot of changes with how I eat. I read labels now. I make sure that I eat either in a nine-inch plate or a bowl. And then I reduce my sweets and I also tremendously reduce my carbohydrates intake. If you were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the first thing that you do is educate yourself. And to get educated, go to Your Diabetes Info.org. There you will find a variety of resources that will help you control and manage your diabetes. I’m Sorcy Apostol and I’m managing my type 2 diabetes.
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