My Dad Was Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

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My Dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when he was only 39 years old. “At first I was in disbelief and that I didn’t think that this would happen to me,” he recalls. Before his diagnosis, my Dad was constantly eating, and did not exercise much. His parents had developed diabetes when they entered their eighties. Considering that my grandparents and my dad have all been diagnosed with diabetes means that I run a great risk of becoming diabetic also. My Dad had experienced several early signs of diabetes that made him believe that he might be diabetic. He never felt dizzy or nauseous, but he persistently became tired, thirsty and had frequent urination. There are 79 million people, in the United States that are…show more content…
“I measure my blood sugar once a day to make sure I am controlling the progress of the glucose in my body. By keeping the blood sugar level around 6.5-7.0, in the normal range, I can lead a healthier life style,” explains my Dad. Diabetics can also use insulin pens that report your sugar level. My Dad uses an Accu-Chek Softclix Lancet Device that obtains a drop of blood from his fingertip. He places the drop of blood on a test strip tests his blood sugar levels. Today there is a treatment called the HbA1c (glycosylated hemoglobin type A1c), which measures the average of the red blood cells’ glucose levels. This test is typically done every two to six months. This test gives an accurate indication of the average number of your blood glucose levels over the past one to three months, says Diabetes UK. The test’s main goal to lower HbA1c to a number agreed upon between you and your doctor. My Dad undergoes this treatment once every three months. My Dad takes three different types of pills, which helps his pancreas by increasing the amount of insulin. This helps break his food down better and gives him more energy. My Dad’s doctor, Edward Heidbrier with Acton Medical Associates, prescribed two pills for the diabetes. Metforminhelps to manage my Dad’s blood sugar, avoid kidney damage, blindness, and
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