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Karthik Lakshminarayanan   
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Yes, good things have definitely come out by being diabetic. It requires one to indulge in continuous healthy lifestyle habits, which become innate and help in the long run. Let me bring to you my story- Being a 50 year old patient myself, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 5 years back. I was a victim of an unhealthy and wayward lifestyle. I was an occasional alcoholic and chain smoker. With the onset of time, my health deteriorated drastically. I was 110 kg, massively overweight and had bad mood swings. I was susceptible to bouts of anger, frustration, anxiety and resorted to bad habits to cure them. My family and household was very disturbed and my work was also affected. I had bouts of depression and my anger knew no bounds. I was terrified with my position and did not make anyone around me happy. After my diagnosis, I realized my misdoings and was made aware of the health hazards I put myself into. My doctors said that with the coming of diabetes and my improving health standards, my longevity has increased. The major triumph came with me quitting smoking and drinking completely. I meditated every morning, made sure I exercised at least 15 minutes in a day and thus lost 25 kg. I am now at a healthy weight of 85 kg. I have more energy, stamina and enthusiasm to go about my days. I also had insomnia where I had to resort to medication and sleeping pills. This has become a thing of the past! I no longer take sleeping pills and wake up early mornings, meditate and concentrate. With my stamina boost, I took part in marathons and feel so much more determined to go about my days. Along with these, the situations at home have improved tenfold. I no longer have fights with my family, and have become a reason for their smiles. I have become a responsible father, husband, and colleague. Though my work was affected initially, I have now become a better employee and am able to do my utmost in the fields. I got a promotion very recently and contribute the success to my healthy living owing to diabetes. There is always a chance for improvement, and I am very proud about how far I’ve come!

Insulin Injections Pros Injections require less education and training than pump therapy. “Using a pump requires professional training and close diabetes management.” Injection therapy is cheaper than pump therapy. Cons Low blood glucose levels can occur because you may be using different types of insulin. Frequent injections mean you may develop resistant areas of the body where insulin will not absorb properly. Insulin Pump Pros The pump delivers insulin continuously throughout the day, causing fewer sudden highs and lows in blood glucose levels. Insulin delivery is more accurate and precise. There will be less needle sticks. You may have one injection (hook up) every three days versus 15-18 injections in a three-day period with injection therapy. Adjusting your own insulin allows a more flexible lifestyle. Cons Pump supplies are expensive.

Yes, good things have definitely come out by being diabetic. It requires one to indulge in continuous healthy lifestyle habits, which become innate and help in the long run. Let me bring to you my story- Being a 50 year old patient myself, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 5 years back. I was a victim of an unhealthy and wayward lifestyle. I was an occasional alcoholic and chain smoker. With the onset of time, my health deteriorated drastically. I was 110 kg, massively overweight and had bad mood swings. I was susceptible to bouts of anger, frustration, anxiety and resorted to bad habits to cure them. My family and household was very disturbed and my work was also affected. I had bouts of depression and my anger knew no bounds. I was terrified with my position and did not make anyone around me happy. After my diagnosis, I realized my misdoings and was made aware of the health hazards I put myself into. My doctors said that with the coming of diabetes and my improving health standards, my longevity has increased. The major triumph came with me quitting smoking and drinking completely. I meditated every morning, made sure I exercised at least 15 minutes in a day and thus lost 25 kg. I am now at a healthy weight of 85 kg. I have more energy, stamina and enthusiasm to go about my days. I also had insomnia where I had to resort to medication and sleeping pills. This has become a thing of the past! I no longer take sleeping pills and wake up early mornings, meditate and concentrate. With my stamina boost, I took part in marathons and feel so much more determined to go about my days. Along with these, the situations at home have improved tenfold. I no longer have fights with my family, and have become a reason for their smiles. I have become a responsible father, husband, and colleague. Though my work was affected initially, I have now become a better employee and am able to do my utmost in the fields. I got a promotion very recently and contribute the success to my healthy living owing to diabetes. There is always a chance for improvement, and I am very proud about how far I’ve come!

Insulin Injections Pros Injections require less education and training than pump therapy. “Using a pump requires professional training and close diabetes management.” Injection therapy is cheaper than pump therapy. Cons Low blood glucose levels can occur because you may be using different types of insulin. Frequent injections mean you may develop resistant areas of the body where insulin will not absorb properly. Insulin Pump Pros The pump delivers insulin continuously throughout the day, causing fewer sudden highs and lows in blood glucose levels. Insulin delivery is more accurate and precise. There will be less needle sticks. You may have one injection (hook up) every three days versus 15-18 injections in a three-day period with injection therapy. Adjusting your own insulin allows a more flexible lifestyle. Cons Pump supplies are expensive.