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Complications of Diabetes for Older Adults:
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Having diabetes increases your risk for developing many serious health problems. But According to the American Diabetes Association, with correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications. The best bet is to manage your diabetes to prevent these problems before they happen.

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  1. May 12, 2012 at 9:28 am | Posted by Mohd

    I believe it is a getnnarioeal thing, I'm 58 but I have heard this as child from my parents and other family members and I grew in New England but I do not know the origin of using the term sugar to mean diabetes. I also have a more general comment about your website.I agree with your idea of a strong diabetic, I was diagnosed with type 2 in 2004, at the time I weighed 323 lbs and also had hypertension and high cholesterol. I lost 150 lbs in 1 1/2 years and have maintained the weight loss. When diagnosed my a1c was 10.5 and fasting blood sugar was 257 and was prescribed glyburide. I changed my diet, started to exercise lost 20 lbs the first month. My fasting level dropped to 95-100 and was able to stop taking the medication. My yearly a1c test has been 4.2 for the last 6 years, fasting levels and 2 hrs after meals levels has been normal. I don't have hypertension and cholesterol levels are low. My exercise routine is 30 mins a day 3 to 5 days a week, including both cardio and weight training. My diet though is different from yours, I don't eat anything made from white flour, white rice and very little sugar. I do eat more whole grains, including whole wheat products and brown rice. A lot more fruits, vegetables, non fat dairy and less meat and fish. Eating more whole grains and fruit does not give me any spikes in my blood sugar, after eating a large meal that included whole wheat bread, vegetables including potato, fruit, and fish. My blood sugar level was only 96 after 2 hours. I am not saying my way of eating is for all diabetics only stating what works for me. I don't believe in the one size fits all idea of a eating plan for diabetics, each person has to find a eating plan that best fits their lifestyle and allows them to control this disease.


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