My Story: Gary and Diabetes
Gary has always been physically active but was noticing strange symptoms of being tired after meals and relying on energy drinks. Today, he manages his type 2 diabetes and understands the importance of listening to your body and a positive outlook.
GARY: You know with diabetes, it's known as the silent killer. You need to be your own best advocate. [WHOOSH] [MUSIC PLAYING]
[WHOOSH] Now you're looking at somebody who has the lifestyle always being active, always involved in sports.
My dietary habits were always decent. 15-odd years ago, my daughter and I would go out to lunch on weekends,
and we'd go see a movie after. And I'd be like falling asleep in the theater after lunch. You know, why I was getting that tired, I had no idea.
If I was playing golf at the time, drinking one of these energy drinks, I would have to urinate, like all the time, like every 10,
15 minutes. Again, I had no idea what that was. I had a physician measuring the sugar, the glucose in my blood,
and she said to me, you're diabetic. I am a type 2 diabetic. The hardest part of maintaining a diabetic regimen
is a lack of exercise. How many different types of sugar-free this and that you can purchase.
Vegetables and fruits that are available 12 months a year. I've been active and exercising probably since my single digits, up until this pandemic.
And I frankly think that's making me unhealthy also. I don't exercise quite as much.
We go for walks. We have a new puppy, and she is a ball of fire. So we go on long walks with her, and that's
basically my exercise. But I've lost a lot of muscle mass. I have a healthy living family.
I'm sure there are other people that live around people who don't eat right, don't exercise, you know, and all the rest of the stuff
that makes it very difficult for them. Because it is. You know, when you're in Rome, you want to do what the Romans do. I think listening to your health care team
is extremely important. But it's more than the health care team. It's listening to your own body.
It's knowing your own body. It's exercise. It's diet. It's medicine. It's also mood as well.
I mean, your outlook, I think, is extremely important. You know, I have a lot to live for. I want to see my kids grow up, my kids get old,
and I want to see my grandkids grow up. [WHOOSH] [HEARTBEAT] [MUSIC PLAYING]
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