Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly and can be linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight.
A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes means people have to look after their own health.
This includes maintaining good physical and mental health, preventing illness or accidents and dealing with minor ailments and long-term conditions.
However, a diagnosis doesn’t have to spell the end of a full and happy life, Vitality Health and Life insurance has reiterated.
Anna Cartien, 59, was diagnosed two years ago with type 2 diabetes.
When she was first diagnosed, Anna immediately told herself she was going to have to ‘buckle down and get it under control’.
“It wasn’t easy at first for me to stick to my new habits, but I now feel fantastic,” she said.
“I wish I had made these changes earlier.”
With a positive mindset, she has adopted a daily exercise routine, eats healthy meals and was even able to do what she thought impossible – quit smoking.
When in hospital for kidney stones, Anna’s blood glucose levels were tested which resulted in a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Prior to this, she had been excessively urinating and felt constantly tired.
She now exercises daily, putting in 35 minutes on a rowing machine, and doing about twenty minutes of yoga.
Within six months of being diagnosed, Anna lost 20 kg (45lbs), however she said making this change wasn’t easy.
“Increasing my exercise was the thing I was most opposed to,” she admits.
“I’m glad I made the change though, as it has made a big difference to how I feel”, she said.
Anna began a low-carb diet immediately after being diagnosed.
“I had to drop those wonderful crusty breads, but I soon realised that low-carb doesn’t mean bland. I now love to cook and have really found myself enjoying Indian food.”
She also makes sure her food habits are consistent, eating a good breakfast, snacking once before and after lunch and having a…