Living with diabetes: When Everything Changed podcast

Approximately 30 million people in the U.S., or 9.3 percent of the population, are living with diabetes (CDC, 2016). Harry was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005 at the age of 59, after he started experiencing neuropathy (numbness) in his lower limbs.

When Everything Changed Diabetes

Harry in 2004

In today’s episode of the When Everything Changed Podcast, Harry reflects on his poor health habits prior to his diagnosis and how changing those habits contributed to stabilizing his diabetes. Despite his first few failed attempts at adopting “diabetes-friendly” foods, moderating food intake, and struggling to become active, the cheers and support of his family helped him persevere toward success.

Managing diabetes

He now uses a Fitbit, a gift from his children, to track his daily goal of 10,000 steps. And Harry and his wife became involved in a regular fitness program to help stay on track with his health goals.

Harry also found support through Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Living Well With Chronic Conditions Workshop. While perusing through the Kaiser Permanente website searching for ways to manage diabetes, he came across a workshop being hosted in a Kaiser Permanente clinic near his home.

Living Well with Diabetes

Harry in 2016

In addition to tips and recommended practices for addressing diabetes including the Action Plan for Healthier Eating and Healthy Eating with Diabetes programs, Harry was equipped with a self-management toolkit that has been crucial to keeping his diabetes under control without the use of insulin shots. Because of his positive experience with the workshop, he volunteered to become a chronic disease workshop facilitator, and was trained to help others through similar battles.

Harry knew some tough changes were in order when he was diagnosed with diabetes. And while he wasn’t sure where to start at first, his story may help others take on the “silent killer,” one day at a time.

In this episode

  • How Harry chose to control his diabetes
  • The obstacles and challenges he faced when changing diet and exercise habits
  • His experience with Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshops

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