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Diabetic & Me

Jaie Smith

Jaie Smith

Hello! Who are you? And tell us a little bit more about your diabetes.

Hey everyone! My name is Jaie Smith. I’m 42 years old and currently living in United States. I have type 2 diabetes for a total of 10 years.

I was diagnosed when I was 32 years old with type 2 diabetes. It is hereditary and has affected half my family. I didn’t hide my diabetes but also didn’t grow up with it.

Mentally was the hardest for me and financially has always been a big burden but I strive everyday to find new ways to raise awareness about diabetes.

“My diabetes always been positive with the right care.”

Your treatment

How do you treat your diabetes, did a lot change over the past years and are you able to manage it well?

Currently I take 4 times a day Metformin pills. I don’t take any insulin and I never used any other form of medication. It alway have been some brand of Metformin. The dosage has changed with different doctors.

My diabetes always been positive with the right care but it was never easy trying to find a good doctor.

Some days I feel like I manage my diabetes great, and other days it feels like I failed. I have no other support with my diabetes battle besides my doctor that treats me.

Can you recognize the symptoms of a low/high blood sugar? Do you test often and can you tell a bit more about your experiences with low blood sugar?

Sometimes, I can recognize them. I feel nausea, dizzy spells, cold and hot flashes.

I check my blood sugar levels 4 times a day.

To cure my low blood sugar I try to drink lots of water and stay calm.

I have never fainted because of a hypo.

Jaie Smith
Jaie Smith

Food and diet

How does your diabetes affect your eating and do you find being on a diet restrictive?

For breakfast I eat one boiled egg and one piece of turkey bacon, for lunch I eat a turkey sandwich and Peta chips and for dinner I eat brown rice and steamed veggies.

I try to drink lots of water. I never skip meals and eat snacks like raw vegetables, fruits and almonds.

My diet is a restriction. I don’t think it’s what we are eating it’s how much and how the protein are.

Do you believe that a plant based diet can improve diabetes? Did you ever experiment with this?

No I have never tried a plant based diet and I don’t think it can improve diabetes.

Do you have a hard time eating out in a restaurant? And what are you thoughts on making this easier?

Yes, eating out is the hardest thing. That is because no one bothers to educate themselves about diabetes. Which means little to no options in food choices.

“I try to eat healthy snacks and drink lots of water.”

Exercise and work

Does your diabetes restrict you from exercise or your daily job?

I go walking four times a week. I am a Data Control Associate and yes it does affect my diabetes.

Final

Do you have any positive or negative effects because of your diabetes?

I try to eat healthy snacks and drink lots of water.

The hardest part is trying to manage and balance my diabetes. I have vision problems and issues with my nerves in my feet.

The best part is fighting for the cause to raise awareness about diabetes.

What is the best advice that you can give to non-diabetics, new diagnosed diabetics and diabetics?

I would like for everyone to be more educated about diabetes. That’s the only way to fight and beat it.

Make sure that you have a very strong support system. A doctor that you can have very good communication with at all times. Last but not least make sure that you stay educated about your own disease as well. Staying educated helps you fight this disease.

Stay strong!!! Because it will affect your mental, emotional, and physical state. There will be lots of ups and downs and twists and turns.

What would you ask the other diabetics?

How do you manage the full time job of having diabetes?

Feel free to answer in the comments below.

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