While diabetes affects almost 26 million Americans, it disproportionately affects African Americans. Marleece Carr, 54 years of age, of Michigan City found out that she has type 2 diabetes when taken to Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital in September of 2012.
Originally she went to the hospital’s emergency room with a body wound that would not heal. But to her surprise she was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “It was a frightening experience, my blood sugar numbers were off the chart,” Marleece said.
After a 2 week stay in the hospital Marleece was sent home with a strict diet, insulin regimen, and an exercise plan. “I use my walker in my apartment building, and take insulin injections 4 times a day,” she commented. Since being diagnosed with diabetes she watches her seasoning, limits her salt intake, and doesn’t drink caffeinated drinks. “What makes it difficult is that I love to cook, she said with a smile. “I’m active in my church and practice self control, but it’s still a daily chore to keep my diabetes under control.”
Recently Marleece had one of her fingers amputated, and still visits the wound care department regularly. “Good health is a gift you can give yourself, and diabetes can be preventable, she advises. “I enjoy my life, and don’t complain, but it would be so much fuller if I had avoided this disease.”
Thank you Marleece. Type 2 diabetes is produced by genetics, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and eating poorly. Having a normal weight reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60 to 70%. Of course if you have family members with type 2 diabetes you are susceptible, too. Taking steps to prevent type 2 diabetes is a wise decision.