When not properly managed, type 2 diabetes can have severe health
consequences. High blood sugar levels can lead to a number health
risks. For me, my kidney functioning was impacted during years of
unmanaged blood sugar levels. Other complications can also include leg
and foot problems, eye disease and higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
For people living with type 2, like me, controlling blood sugars is
an ongoing task. On top of that, treatment options come with their own
complexities, so understanding benefits and risks is a key part of a
successful health plan.
For example, I take insulin to manage my diabetes, which works well
for me in controlling my blood sugar levels.
But hypoglycemia is also a common side effect of insulin. I
remember how frightened I was that night, waking up and realizing
something was wrong, sweating heavily and thinking I was having a
heart attack. After testing my blood sugar and realizing it was low, I
ate a piece of cake, tested myself again, and saw my levels going up.
At the time, I didn’t even realize I was experiencing a hypoglycemic
event. That’s why it’s so important to learn about the benefits, but
also potential side effects, of available treatments.
Managing type 2 diabetes takes hard work and commitment. But with
help from your healthcare team, the condition can be controlled, with
the right treatments, a healthy diet and exercise.