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Healthy Living: Diabetes Managment
Story Updated: Nov 11, 2011
It's not easy getting a diabetes diagnosis.
But for for many diabetics, education is the first step toward feeling better and living a longer, healthier life.
In the second installment of a four-part Healthy Living series on diabetes, I'll show you how one group of diabetics learn to manage their diabetes.
Do you know the signs of diabetes? Diabetes educator Carole Radney says many people don't know the different types or signs of diabetes.
“Most people know the warning signs of heart attack or stroke most people don't know what the warning signs are. “
Diabetes is divided into three main categories: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. Some of the symptoms of diabetes are: Excessive thirst or hunger, Exhaustion or fatigue, Frequent urination, Loss or gain of weight, Blurry vision and Cuts or sores that won't heal. Diabetes management is something that requires careful planning.
When you are newly diagnosed it is truly overwhelming to someone. they don't know what to do. what how do i monitor, what do I eat. that is the first questions
Diabetes management requires careful planning. Diabetes educator Carole Radney and dietitian Arlisha Griffith are teaching diabetics like Gwendolyn Russell how to effectively manage their diabetes and diabetic symptoms.
“The frustration is you have to give up so much of the things that i know that i eat a little too much of like ice cream and coke. I have been trying to adjust to diet coke and watching my portion control on my vegetables. meats, especially with my proteins, eating my snack at night. that i had been avoiding But it is not the right thing.”
Dietician Arlisha Griffith uses this healthy eating workshop to show diabetics how to prepare a healthy balanced meal.
“A lot of frustration that I come into contact with is the portion sizes, some may not want to follow their meal plan. they may not think it is enough calories for them. “
Whether they have just learned they have diabetes or been living with the disease for a while these resources and a healthy exercise plan are helping them stay one step ahead of the disease.
“Eating well. eating a good overall healthy diet. eating your six servings of vegetables a day. your three servings of fruit a day, keeping your lean protein down.”