My diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes happened 12 years ago, at the age of 80.
I was prescribed Metformin and Gliclazide, and at the same time, I ceased adding sugar to tea, coffee, and breakfast cereal. Since, I’ve had regular blood tests as well as foot and retina examinations and, so far, with the changes that I have made, my results have remained within acceptable limits.
Indeed, at my last diabetes review, my Gliclazide dose was halved. I felt upbeat when I heard the news as it meant, that in my case, the diabetes was not severe and did not require more drastic dietary changes.
I do, however, want to increase the amount of fibre in my diet. I’m now living on my own, having to get used to doing my own cooking; so need to find shopping packs and recipes appropriate for one person, to avoid food waste.
I want to reduce my weight and improve my breathing. However, now that I am in my 90s, I am not so good at walking and better management of my diet offers me more hope than thinking of extra exercise.
If I could give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be to get bathroom scales and keep weight records, especially in times when your lifestyle changes, e.g. on leaving home, on marriage etc.
With that being said, if I were to offer a piece of advice for someone who has just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it’s not the end of the world; learn about the condition, gradually work out what diet and exercise regime will work for you.
Ruth Miller, Diabetes Nurse Consultant
Healthcare Professional Feedback
Dear Mr B,
Thank you for sharing your story.
As we grow older it is natural that we will be less active and we need to remember that having a good quality of life is so important. You can find lots of information on our website about eating well with diabetes and how to increase the fibre in your diet. As we are all different, there are links on our Eat Better pages to a number of different diets for you to find the one that suits you as an individual best.
It sounds as though you have done really well in managing to halve your medication, if you are wanting to be more active there are lots you can do without running a marathon! Sit less and break up sitting periods every 30 minutes by getting up and walking around. Use your daily activities to stay more active such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, walking etc, you can find out more on our Move More pages.
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