Name: Teresa R
Location: Bardstown, KY
I don't have type 2 diabetes, but several members of my family do. I have altered my lifestyle to include daily exercise & a healthy diet that should help me avoid getting Type 2 diabetes, which would further complicate my health.
I do not have Type 2 diabetes, but several members of my family do. I had a heart attack at 38, followed by two angioplasties and five stents. I’m now 41 and doing well. I have altered my lifestyle to include daily exercise and a heart healthy diet that should help me avoid getting Type 2 diabetes, which would further complicate my health.
My family is small because many have died of heart disease at an early age. I didn’t know either of my paternal grandparents because both died before my birth. My grandfather had a fatal heart attack at 50. My grandmother died of colon cancer. My father had only one sibling who had Down’s syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. My grandfather’s brother died of a fatal heart attack just a few years after my grandfather, and he was in his early 50s. His twin children both have Type 2 diabetes. One also has heart disease. My grandfather’s sister also had Type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease. Fortunately, she lived into her 80s.
As you can see, it could be difficult for me to avoid getting this disease also, but I am trying everything possible to keep that from happening. My relatives who were diagnosed dramatically changed their eating habits and have lost weight. They eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. They were all overweight when diagnosed. The weight loss has helped them manage their disease much better. I, too, have lost weight, and hope to learn more about how to keep better control of my health in the future.