Edna Lang talks with icyou about managing her diabetes and being diagnosed.
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Edna Lang: Surprisingly I found about maybe two or three years ago and I wasn't aware that I had it because I am an avid exercise person. So every time, I was doing my lab works, I always had a good blood sugar. No one ever said anything, but I know I was feeling funny. I didn't realize why I was feeling funny at times. I went to the doctor thinking that something was wrong and come to find out one day, they caught me out of the time and my blood sugar was up. I didn't believe that. So they redid it again and it was still up. So I said, okay, well, I have to accept that I am diabetic, what I do from here? So I am that kind of person, I have to get onboard. If sometimes ago, I know only tell you that. So I began to look up diabetes, trying to figure out what it was all about, where it came from, what to do prevent it, and I went to classes. Right now, my state of mind is very lit up accepted it, but the prime factor, fact that bring this to anyone is listening. The thing is portions, food portions - to me, I think you can eat anything you want to, it just have to be in portions. Of course carbs are a big issue here. So you have to cut down on carbs but then you have to make sure that you get all your other vegetables and things inline. Friends, I am a sweetaholic, and if I want a pizza pie or a pizza cake, I know I can't have that many carbs, I got to have my --. So I cut down on my carbs. Right now, like I said, I am feeling good about it. I feel that I am on a right track, my lab works are good, I am an avid exercise person, and I am really sticking to the guns as far as diabetes is concerned. It's one of those diseases, I know it's not a cure but I do believe one day they will have a cure and I want to be on that bandwagon. I like to have some input in that care because I do a lot of research on it. I have 11 siblings. Mother and father never had diabetes. None of the siblings have diabetes. We don't know why I got it. We have no idea. Like I said, I think I had it but I didn't realize I had it until they caught me at the right time with my labs because I exercise, I go in and my blood sugar is just as good as anybody's. Well, one time I felt - I just thought funny, I can't explain it, it was a funny feeling. Then one day, I was at work and I kept go into the bathroom and I didn't put it together until I go to have my fats and blood sugar and it was up. It was higher than it should have been. Like I said, they did it again, and I still didn't believed it but I went to the dietician, I did everything and I am still good at everything, I mean I exercise, I do everything, count everything. My blood sugar is just as good as a normal person, it's 6 under, you know, you are supposed to be ideally at 5.8 and 6. I have to try to keep it within the 6 range, because that's considered normal -- other things that happen if you don't take care of it, your eyes, every part of your bodies affected. Yes, this is amazing and my family said, Edna, but you don't look like a diabetic. I said, you don't have to look like one because I never been heavy either, never been heavy person and so it's amazing, but I am dealing with it and I am going to fight it.
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