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Please can you help? Have you been asked to change your diet and do more excecise?

Type II or age onset diabetes is often associated with the lifestyle we lead, what we eat and how much physical activity we do.

Often the health care professionals who we visit give help and advice on how we can change our lifestyles, how we can change our behaviour.

What are your experiences? Did you manage to achieve the change? Are you still working on it? Can you share with the rest of our community the help and support and ideas given to you by your healthcare support team?

For those still working on the change what do you think your healthcare professionals could do more of to encourage you on your journey?

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Comment by Administrator on July 16, 2011 at 19:31

Change is a funny old thing! For the last three years I've entered a running race (well more of a walking race for me) called the Manchester 10K (about 6 miles). After this years race I decided that I wanted to enter a Marathon. I can't pin down exactly why I decided to do this but I reckon that it's something to do with the fact that I've been thinking about change for some time. 


I've started the training programme and I am looking forward to a half marathon event which takes place in September this year. The marathon takes place in April next year - more details to follow. 

Comment by David on August 26, 2009 at 22:31
Clarence Hayes (our eldest member) sent this message through to the site.

Hello David, One of things I am seeking is POSITIVE ROLE MODELS, who walk the walk and talk the talk, because their dealing with diabetes, make them SHINING EXAMPLES, to the newly-diagnosed, who have been exposed to the negative side of diabetes. Peolpe will ASK you questions because they will want to know your secrets, especially when you are in your 90s and looking and acting much younger. If we could have a photo album of SENIOR DIABETIC SURVIVORS, it could generate much interest. This could be a a theme for DIABETES MONTH ,and have a contest to vote as your favourite POSITIVE ROLE MODEL. AMIGO K.I.T.
Comment by Jonathan P Richards on August 25, 2009 at 22:52
I am a family doctor with Type 2. I have learmed more useful and relevant things from other people with diabetes than from other doctors, nurses or dieticians. The biggest change for me was learning about how resistance exercise has a range of benefits on diabetes control, appetite and general health. I have found that doing a "good enough dose" of resistance exercise at a "good enough frequency" has helped me and has so far been sustainable. Why can't clinicians and exercise counsellors talk about what is good enough rather than "if you want to benefit you need to do it for at least so long and at least this often", when I cannot fit that quantity or frequency into my life? Thanks to Mike Trennel who says "some is better than none, fit physical activity intro your life not your life around the gym."
Comment by Mary on August 24, 2009 at 0:25
I have always tried my best to watch carbs since being dx'ed in 1999, but like others, I got a bit lax but still managed to keep decent numbers even tho a bit higher then I liked. Adding the stress of moving to another state didn't help it, so was not working out at the Y, which was in the weight room and low impact aerobics, so the weight was not coming off like before but creeping back on. I had lost about 100 pounds and I gained about 30 of it back, so knew once we situated got back to the Y and under my doctor's advise, told me to try the South Beach diet. Would not recommend to everyone, but it works for me, so have lost 30 pounds now and doing lots better. I know it is not always easy, but I guess for us to stay half way healthy, it never is.



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