You’ve been told you have Type 2 Diabetes and that it can be managed. You might probably need to be on meds for the rest of your life. And, you should lose some weight. Does that sound familiar? It’s what I’ve found most folks are told. And, it’s what I was told, too. But, I was told one more thing, and it was the most important thing I could have been told. I was told about another Type 2 Diabetes patient who was controlling the disease. Not managing, but controlling. I was really being told that if I wanted to, I could achieve Diabetes Control.
What does Diabetes control mean? Well, in terms of numbers, it means achieving an A1c of 7.0, or less. That’s referred to as “tight control” and it means getting your blood glucose levels to normal, or close to normal. Normal sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Can you get to normal glucose levels? Can you achieve Diabetes Control? Yes. It’s just that simple. It just takes doing a few simple things everyday.
Just taking a few steps every day will lead to controlling…conquering…winning your War On Diabetes.
Step One is taking your meds, if prescribed. Taking them as prescribed. Once a day. Twice a day. Whatever your doctor has prescribed, follow it.
Why are you prescribed meds in the first place? In order to help lower your glucose. And, in order for them to work, they have to be taken. First, though, you have to pick them up from the pharmacy. Did you know that about 25% of all prescriptions that are filled at a pharmacy are never picked up?
I know there are reasons why prescriptions are not picked up. Maybe you forget about them. (Luckily pharmacies call or send text messages several times if prescriptions are picked up.) There might not be enough money in the budget to get them. Or, you just don’t feel sick, so why do you need meds?
Did you know savings cards are available for some meds? Take a look at this list of resources from the American Diabetes Association. There’s some great help out there, if you need it.
One of the most insidious aspects of Type 2 Diabetes is that you don’t really feel sick until it’s a bit too late – complications have already set in. It’s not too late to work toward diabetes control, but complications are not generally reversed. The time to start to control diabetes is before the complications happen. The time to take steps to acheive diabetes control is the day you are diagnosed.
And Step One is taking your meds.
Coming Soon: Step Two!
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