"When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 years ago, I was overweight. I tried dieting and exercising, but it never seemed to make a difference. I assumed I'd always be diabetic. Then my doctor encouraged me to join Why WAIT? [Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment], a program at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston."
"I had exercised before, but I never knew exactly how it affected my blood sugar. When the experts at Why WAIT? coached me to check my blood sugar more often and I saw how it dropped immediately after exercising, that motivated me to keep going. I started walking for an hour a day on my treadmill, biking or doing the Wii Fit Plus."
I Can Eat Carbs!
"I used to avoid both carbs and fat, but I found out that you need some of each, plus protein, to lose weight and keep your blood sugar levels down. It's all about eating the right combinations and smaller portions. Now I eat less but more often—six times a day—which keeps my blood sugar from going too high or low."
Diabetic No More
"In just 13 weeks I lost 23 pounds, and now I have so much more energy. The best part is how these changes have impacted my A1c level [a measure of blood sugar]. It's now 5.3%, which is normal—my doctor said I don't even have prediabetes anymore! I'm determined to keep up these healthy habits so that I never have to deal with diabetes again."