I thought being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes was the end of my life but I’ve found it’s actually the beginning of a better me. By Ngawai Hamblin.
I turned 30 last year and two months before that, in June 2018, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Three other whānau members have T2D, one of them hasn’t looked after himself well and his kidneys have failed, so diabetes is huge in my family.
I had the warning signs, including gestational diabetes with my second child, but I didn’t change my lifestyle until it was too late. But I did take action from the day I was diagnosed. Now I go to the gym three times a week and swim once a week. I can run three-minutes non-stop, that’s a huge achievement for me. My diet has completely changed for the better and I’m 2kg away from my initial 10kg weight loss goal. My blood sugar level dropped from 15 to 6-8mmol\L.
I have a long way to go but I’m making a difference for myself and my family. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved and I don’t say that about myself enough.