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My Diabetes Story: David

In this video, type 2 diabetes patient David Traynham discusses his experiences as a diabetic, including his diagnosis, his treatments over the years and how his diagnosis has helped him to focus on the important things in life.

Medically reviewed in February 2022.

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Type 2 diabetes, it's made me more aware of what life is all about, what's really important in life.
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I'm a pastor in Albany, New York. I am the grandfather of five adorable grandchildren.
00:17
My initial Type 2 diabetes symptoms were frequent urination, and, also, I was thirsty all the time.
00:24
My wife is the one that pointed out that it was abnormal. My first treatment was in 2003.
00:33
And during that time, I was on an oral medication. I had questions about it. However, the doctor that I had at the time
00:41
was not able to answer them. What worked for me was when I changed doctors, and, together, we worked, and we found
00:50
what actually does work for me. Those things that actually work, is, there's a long-term injectable.
00:56
He suggested me going to diabetic classes. He also suggested me going to a nutritionist, of which I did.
01:04
Both were very beneficial. I'm finding that knowledge of the disease is actually the power that we can have.
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But knowledge, in and of itself, if it's not applied, it's not going to be beneficial. And so knowing what to do is one thing,
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but actually following through and doing those things is what's going to cause you to progress.

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