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Gaining Tools to Manage Diabetes

Damiano PicDamiano, who also goes by “Dom”, joined a Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) workshop at the Old Bridge Library in June 2018 after his physician starting talking to him about insulin because he had maxed out the oral medication. Dom was not going to have any part of that if he could prevent it.
Dom has always been a motivated person and likes to take on challenges, however, having diabetes for years can be discouraging, especially when you believe you are doing all the right things to control your blood sugar but the levels do not change.
EDC Picture 7“Over the course of the six-week program, I gained the tools to help me make changes and not get discouraged. It’s much more effective than just a one-time consultation,” shared Dom.
Exercise and nutrition are topics discussed during the workshop. “When I started the program I was walking 2.5 miles a day but I soon learned that I was eating too many carbohydrates every day, especially at night. During the six-week program, I increased my walks to 3.5 miles and cut back on the carbs. I like to walk, especially after dinner, and my blood sugars in the morning are well managed,” Dom said.
Dom was thrilled to report that as a result of attending the workshop and following the guidance he received there, he lost 18 pounds, is only taking one medication (instead of two), and no longer needs insulin.
“I learned that diabetes is not going away so I need to deal with it or deal with the consequences, and now I have the tools to help me manage my diabetes,” Dom said. He also proudly noted that he will not let the winter months get in the way of his walks; he will just need to bundle up.