Christopher D. Wagner
Axia College of the University of Phoenix
A major health problem that I have been living with throughout the past five years is diabetes. When I first found out I was diabetic, I experienced a couple of the tell-tale signs. The first symptom was that I was constantly thirsty. It felt as if I could never get enough to drink. Along with my incredible thirst, I had the need to urinate about every ten minutes. Those two symptoms, along with the fact that my father was diabetic, lead me to see a doctor and get tested. After diabetes was confirmed, I was prescribed medications which I took for years. I did change my diet a little bit, never drinking regular soda again. However, that was pretty much the extent of my plan, or lack thereof. The fact that I had no medical insurance, and no money to pay for the costly supplies out of my own pocket; I lived blind to the effects that diabetes was having on my body. Recently, I found a great and affordable family doctor who has been working with me and my limited budget to find a good middle ground plan for keeping my diabetes controlled. My doctor insisted that I take a couple of classes with my wife, taught by a nutritionist and an endocrinologist (a diabetic doctor). That class, in combination with this nutrition course has provided me with the information I have needed to come up with a nutrition and exercise plan. This plan that I have come up with will help me to keep my diabetes under control. It is also something my entire family can commit to for a healthier lifestyle.
One incredible obvious fact that I know I need to change is the amount and kinds of carbohydrates I consume on a daily basis. One factor that all diabetics must consider is the fact that there are sugars in many natural foods too. In fact, there is one kind of sugar, the monosaccharide, which has three different types that are very common in the foods we... [continues]
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