For most people, finding out they have type 2 diabetes is a moment of crisis. “I was scared to death,” says Kimberly K. of Laurel, MD. Kimberly was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in August 2011. “People in my family have died from it and I was overcome with grief. I was angry too – I couldn’t believe this was happening to me.”
It didn’t take long for Kimberly to take action. “I went online and was reading everything I could,” she says. That’s how she found the American Diabetes Association’s Living With Type 2 Diabetes program.
“I signed up for the program two days after I was diagnosed and the information I get has helped a lot. I come back to the online program at least once a week,” says Kimberly. “The stories and tips have been really helpful and the recipes are great. They’re really good.”
Living With Type 2 Diabetes is a free program that offers information and support to those who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The program is available in English or Spanish and includes information on topics such as food, stress, physical activity, complication prevention and opportunities to fins support through your local and online community.
To sign up for the Living with Type 2 Diabetes program, click here or call 1-800-diabetes (342-2383).
Nearly 26 million people are living with diabetes in the United States and even more are at risk. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being over the age of 45, family history and being overweight.
Each year, 1.9 million people are diagnosed with diabetes. Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, frequent urination, blurry vision and unusual fatigue. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms please consult your health care provider.