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Haywood's Story About Managing Diabetes

Haywood's Favorite Recipe

Quick Beef Casserole

Lean beef, vegetables, and rice are tossed together in this quick and easy casserole.

Quick Beef Casserole  

Calories 201 • Total fat 5 g • Sodium 164 mg • Carbs 31g

Haywood

  • Age: 52
  • Location: Midlothian, Virginia
  • Diabetes Status: Managing type 2 diabetes
  • Year Diagnosed: 2005
  • Activities: Basketball, walking
  • Favorite Healthy Food: Salads
  • Weakness: Fried chicken
  • Goals:
    • Read all food labels
    • Check my blood glucose regularly
    • Walk on the treadmill for at least 20 minutes each morning and 30 minutes each night most days of the week
Haywood  
 

As a college basketball referee, I was shocked when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I thought I was eating right and exercising enough. My mother had diabetes, but I thought I was too young to get it. I went to a nutritionist and learned about controlling my portions and which foods I should stay away from. I started eating more salads and fewer fried foods, and I read food labels a lot.

Since I have diabetes, my daughters are at increased risk for the disease. And my wife is also at risk because her father had type 2 diabetes. I’m teaching my wife and daughters to read food labels too, so we’re a family of label readers now. My family is supporting my lifestyle changes by making them with me. I hope that the changes they are making will help them keep from getting diabetes in the future.​​​​​​​

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