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May 7, 2008 / Mary Ann

The Sweet Life

I went to a program at a grocery store this evening. Didn’t know until a few days ago that grocery stores did programs. But one day when I was there a few days ago I heard an announcement about a diabetes program. I thought, well, that sounds interesting, but didn’t look around to see if I could find details. Then Sunday’s paper arrived with a little article about it and a website where you could sign up. So I did. “Healthy Habits: Managing Diabetes by the Numbers”. Roche, a national drug company, sponsored it. There was a light supper, a talk by the HyVee food store’s dietitian and then a talk by the drug company representative about their glucose monitor. They gave out free monitors while supplies lasted, other folks will get theirs in the mail. I didn’t necessarily learn any new information (I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago), but I really needed the encouragement. I tend to try my best to ignore diabetes. It’s an annoyance that I keep hoping will go away. The big deal about type 2 diabetes is to try to prevent complications from happening. It’s all about management. And balance. And I’m not alone in not liking to check my blood, to take my medicine, to exercise, to count carbs, etc. I don’t have to like it, but I do have to deal with it.

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