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Diabetes makes you live a healthy life

I am an early onset Type 2 diabetic and have been diabetic for 15 years. I was quite shocked initially and was in denial for some time as I was 25 when I was diagnosed and was just getting started with my career.

Taking the meds, testing regularly, exercise, eating healthily and having a good team at home and medically are the basics that have kept me sane. I go to the Centre for Diabetes in Houghton and get excellent advice and help there.
I have had a healthy baby (now 7 years old) through diligent planning pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy with the help of my Gynae/OB. I lead a pretty normal life – am a Mum and wife and my career has not been hindered. I pack healthy lunches every day for my family and myself….their friends comment on their lunch bags resembling a picnic….but it is all good stuff. Planning is key.

Diabetes just forces you to lead a healthier life….whereas others may get away with eating junk food and not exercising, diabetics just cannot afford to abuse their bodies in that way.

– Belinda Naidoo

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