Living a Healthy Life with Diabetes – a Juggling Act!

As people get older, their risk of Type 2 diabetes increases. Like other parts of your body your pancreas can get tired and not produce as much insulin, or it can produce too much but it can’t work properly because of too much extra body weight especially around our middles. Instead of the energy from your food getting into the cells so you can use it, the glucose sits in your blood stream so when you measure it the blood glucose level is higher than normal. Unused energy is converted into fat and stored. Insulin is like a key that unlocks the cell door to put the glucose inside so you can burn it as energy.

You can’t cure Type 2 diabetes but you can manage it. You become a juggler! You need to juggle food, exercise and medication (if needed) to try and keep your blood glucose levels in the healthy range (4-8 mmols) as much as possible. This can help prevent or delay the complications of diabetes.

So to start on your journey with Type 2 diabetes you need to get educated about it. Diabetes New Zealand has an excellent website (

Your practice nurse and GP are knowledgeable about managing type 2 diabetes. Or you could contact Diabetes Wellington, conveniently located next door to Age Concern in Anvil House in Wakefield Street. There are also education classes provided in some parts of the region.

There will be more articles on living with Type 2 diabetes this year. We will talk about food, exercise, medication, important numbers and caregiving.

If you have any questions about Type 2 diabetes, please do contact Age Concern who can pass questions on to me.

Diabetes Nurse Specialist


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  • Diabetes can’t cure completely, it can control through medication. There are many herbal products available for controlling blood sugar level. Diabetes refers to a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar levels, which can have a number of serious or even deadly impacts on your lifestyle, diet, weight and overall health.

  • Three months ago I constantly had to go to the bathroom. I thought it was because I gave up soft drinks and was only drinking water. One day I had a stomachache. I was in bed for 4 days. The doctor’s appointment was for a Wednesday. I got sick and went to emergency room on a Monday. I was told my blood sugar level was 810 and I have diabetes. Since then, I eat better, take better care of myself and went from 260 to 220 lbs.and was thirsty all the time. One day I got extremely sick, could not keep anything down, had blurry vision, a rapid heartbeat, and began hyperventilating. taking metformin 1000 mg twice daily. I am writing this to inform others that nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the metformin (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on Diabetes herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the Diabetes natural herbal formula.