Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 06, 2017
Leslie Tranter Certified Diabetes Educator
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Richard Brock: I was a band teacher for 15 years and I was a choir director at a church choir for 22 years.
I guess this happens to everybody. There is point when you realize something is not right.
This happened to be at a dinner party, when before we even got through the salad
I had drank 4 glasses of tea and couldn’t get my thrist quenched.
Richard Brock: So we went to the doctor the next day and he said well
you know you've got diabetes and we are going to have to put you on some medication.
At first he thought insulin but he said we will try medication first.
Richard Brock: I have been on medication since 84.
In a way I was actually glad to find out there was something I could do about it.
Type 2 Diabetes hasn’t changed how I live my life except
that I have to be more aware of what I eat.
You need to have your diet under control and eat the right kinds of foods.
Everybody has to splurge a little bit, but you have to be really careful.
Richard Brock: It can be deceptive in a sense. You test your blood sugar one morning.
It's fairly low and then you splurge a little bit
and the next morning it is not that much higher so you think it's ok.
Then all of the sudden it spikes and now you have to go back and really work to make sure
you're eating the right things and doing your exercises too.
Richard Brock: I had a living coach with my wife who will measure everything out exactly.
That is one of the things I learned when I went to the diabetes education class.
Leslie Tranter Certified Diabetes Educator: Making dietary changes, exercising, reducing stressors in their life,
learning about blood sugar monitoring, learning about taking those medications.
Also learning to maybe have a good working relationship with their doctor.
Richard Brock: Music has been a big part of our lives. It's a lot of satisfaction, joy, it makes you happy.