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I was diagnosed four years ago after a blood test. I was shocked. I’d been feeling a bit tired and thirsty but didn’t know why.
The doctor told me my body was making less insulin. I control it with Metformin - one after breakfast, one after tea. I’m also trying to eat better food - more vegetables. But I have a sweet tooth and like fast food. When I get tense, I like a bun. I’m trying to drink water instead. Drinking less diet cola helps too.
I walk and have started to play 5-a-side football. I hadn’t played for 20 years. I wouldn’t have done that if not for the diagnosis. I was borderline obese but I’ve lost a stone. I have a group of friends who can support me. One of them already had type 2 and she told me the signs of high and low sugar. She could tell by my eyes. The doctors don’t tell you enough. It’s like you’re on a conveyor belt.
|This article reflects the experience of the individual. It is not health information from the Men's Health Forum under the terms of the NHS England Information Standard.|
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