Indiana resident Amy Magan said she has successfully reserved type 2 diabetes, a chronic metabolic condition characterized by high blood sugar levels.
With a strong family history of diabetes and suffering from gestational diabetes thrice, Magan said receiving the diagnosis of type 2 Diabetes was not a surprise for her. She said, “I just thought I was destined to be diabetic and that’s the way it was going to be.”
She explained that she was on medication for many years but did not do much when it comes to diet and exercise. She said, “I just pretended like I didn’t have it.” However, the condition finally affected her for not taking it seriously.
Magan said, “My doctor said if we can’t get this under control, then I’m going to have to put you on insulin and that is what finally woke me up.”
She joined a support group and started making a few changes to her diet after realizing that working out and following different weight loss regimens did not work for her.
“If the food has sugar listed in the first three ingredients, I don’t eat it. I used to drink probably 80 ounces a day of Diet Coke a day,” she said.
She started focusing on eating a healthy diet and finding new ways to indulge in physical activities. She said, “I work on the second floor, so I have a personal rule for myself. If I need to use the restroom, I go to the first floor or the third floor and I have to take the stairs.”
“If you had told me that I could actually take myself from being diabetic to being qualified as a non-diabetic, I would never have believed you or I would have thought medication was the reason,” continued Magan.
Magan’s doctor Dr. Debra Balos said, “Amy now doesn’t have diabetes. Her glucose is normal. Her cholesterol looks great. It works. She is a prime example that if you make these changes, it does work.”
Dr. Balos explained the complications of type 2 diabetes on your body. She said, “With early-stage diabetes, you don’t feel any different. It’s hard for people to grasp that there are things going on inside that you can’t identify. You have risks of going blind, kidney failure, heart disease.” Magan concluded, “Because of the changes I was willing to make, not only have I set out a great example for my kids as they enter adulthood, I’m going to be around to teach my grandkids.”