Success With Type 2 Diabetes

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I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 20 years ago during a routine doctor's offices. I didn't have any family history of diabetes at that time. So it was a big shock to me that I was diabetic.

And I knew that it probably would mean lifestyle changes that I just wasn't ready to start with. I played basketball in high school and college, so I really did like to exercise. Because of my workload, it just became harder to exercise. When I could, I tried to walk.

And I ended up doing four miles a day. And I lost about 55 pounds. I was able to keep it off. My blood sugars went from 400 down to normal, 110, 113. And I've been able to maintain that. I guess the biggest challenge for me at this point is when I become depressed, the first thing I do is change my diet, drink soda and eat poorly.

And so I'm constantly-- that's a constant battle for me is to stay on a healthy diet. Oh, my family's been extremely supportive. My sons call me daily to make sure I'm eating the right things and I'm not cheating. My daughter-in-law and several friends walk, actually walk with me around the park.

Yeah, I got great support, actually. Family, friends, doctors, coworkers. I'm a professor at the university level. And my students are constantly challenging me to walk after class, before class to walk with me. So I have a lot of support out there. And I think that's very important to have the support to stay on the right track.