YIPEE my A1C

Other people with diabetes can relate to why I am so happy about this result.  I put in what the A1C test is for those of you that don’t have diabetes.

The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months.  A1C test is sometimes called hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test.I seriously feel so when I see my A1C results and it looks this great!!  5.3 is AWESOME!!   This number means so much to me because it shows how eating and exercise pays off.  Gives me motivation till my next blood draw!!

 

True Champions ~ Living with Diabetes

Jill Knapp Diabetes Advocate

In this Episode of True Champions Type 2 Diabetes, we meet Jill, a former dancer who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes later in life. After facing a series of struggles, Jill turned to food as a source of comfort. Frustrated and caught in a cycle of binge-eating, Jill began to notice symptoms of diabetes, and was soon diagnosed by her doctor as having Type 2 Diabetes. In learning how to manage and treat her diabetes, Jill has also learned how to fully become and embrace herself.

Click below to watch the entire episode.

Meet Jill Knapp

 

Diabetes Link Up Conferecne

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I was blessed to attend a Diabetes Linkup conference Just outside of Washington DC in Maryland.  This event took place at the beginning of November.  Such a perfect way to start out Diabetes Awareness Month.    This event was put on by  AstraZeneca.  It brought together patient advocates from the Diabetes Community.  I was proud to be apart of this linkup and loved that our main conversation was about how to grow our Type 2 Diabetes Community and how to grow the voice of Type 2 through advocates and in our community.  We also got to tour the lab and see how medications are made.  That was cool!!

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I left feeling empowered and feeling like 2gether we can achieve anything.

With that said there are the wonderful people that attended and that I got to meet and get to know. These are all inspiring people with great web sites and are all doing great things in the name of Diabetes.

The wonderful Anna Norton, who runs  DiabetesSisters).

 Dr. P , Dr. Phyllisa Smith Deroze of Diagnosed Not Defeated;

Bill Gould of I Run Diabetes;

Mike Hoskins- Diabetes Mine 

Kathleen Weaver of Living with Diabetes and Lapband (plus her D-alert beagle named

Gene Kunde of Diabetes Hands Foundation;

Shelby Kinnaird of Diabetic Foodie;

Sarah Odeh of the diaTribe Foundation;

Michele Tuck-Ponder of Diabetes While Black

Meet Jill Knapp ~ Diabetes Documentary pre launch clip

Exercise Does Help Ease Depression!

When I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was in shock!!  I thought how did I get here.  Well the truth is I lost who I was.  Being Mom and wife always came first and I left myself for last.  Those words from the Dr.  You have Type 2 diabetes did something to my soul.  It put prospective into my life and made me realize that I am no good to others if I don’t first take care of myself.  Struggling from loss and miscarriage through the years made me realize what depression really was.  Many suffer from it.  I don’t know that when I had it that I actually knew I had it but looking back I had all the symptoms.  As I got that diagnosis and started to exercise life changed.  It wasn’t all about what was happening to my body on the outside it was what was happening to my soul and my brain.  Endorphin’s released from exercise can help with depression and that is why I was feeling so good.  It took years for the weight to all come off but what I felt along the way was why I kept exercising!!   I have posted this before but this graphic really helps you realize the benefits of exercise.

Exercise the natural AntidepressantSo if your not already exercising give it a try!! You will notice a difference!!

 

Jill Knapp

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