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David's Story About Managing Diabetes

David's Favorite Recipe

Mushroom Penne

A mushroom lover’s dish that makes a quick and cozy meal at home.

Mushroom Penne  

Calories 418 • Total fat 10 g • Sodium 436 mg • Carbs 26 g

David

  • Age: 63
  • Location: Fishers, Indiana
  • Diabetes Status: Managing type 1 diabetes
  • Year Diagnosed: 1977
  • Activities: Walking, elliptical
  • Favorite Healthy Food: Watermelon
  • Weakness: Chocolate
  • Goals:
    • Work out in the morning—even when I’m busy
    • Take the dogs out on a walk twice a day
    • Be conscious of what I’m eating
David  
 

I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 25, during graduate school. I knew absolutely nothing about it when I was first diagnosed. I knew that it was serious, but I didn’t really understand what it was about. I learned all I could and what I needed to do to manage my diabetes. I’ve adopted a “thoughtful” diet—I’m conscious of what and how much I’m eating—and I make it a priority to exercise first thing each morning. That way, I’m sure to get it done, even when I’m busy.

The most important thing I do to manage my diabetes is test my blood glucose. Diabetes can be difficult, but it’s not a game of perfection—it’s a game of averages. I like to give myself some flexibility so that I can have a rich and rewarding lifestyle, and testing my blood sugar helps me balance out the times that I allow myself a little indulgence with times that I’m paying more attention to the rules of the game.​​​​​​​​​​

Listen to David's Story

Listen to David's Story

Managing Diabetes Podcast - Episode 1 (2:00) Listen to audio

Watch David's Videos

Watch David's Videos

Diabetes Travel Tips
Diabetes Travel Tips (4:01)

Diabetes doesn’t keep David from traveling. But he makes sure he plans ahead when he takes a trip. Learn about some of David’s tips for traveling with diabetes.

Staying Healthy On-the-Go with Diabetes
Staying Healthy On-the-Go with Diabetes (2:11)

When you’re on the road, it can be hard to stick to your routine when it comes to healthy eating and physical activity. David shares his tips for staying healthy with diabetes when he is on-the-go.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

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