Q&A: Patient Advocate, Jorge – Finding Out I had Type 2 Diabetes

We had the lovely opportunity to interview Jorge, a husband, father and small business owner who has lived with Type 2 Diabetes for the past four years. Jorge was previously seeking a healthcare community where he could connect with others and came upon Peer Health where he has been able to enjoy the benefits of a like-minded community.

How did you find out that you had Type 2 Diabetes?

I began to have symptoms about four and a half years ago. These included increased thirst,  frequent urination, blurred vision and I lost around 30 pounds over a period of three months. I also dealt with my teeth becoming loose at one time. The symptoms made me feel as if my body was shrinking and my clothes kept feeling bigger.

When were you first diagnosed?

I went in to see a doctor four years ago and they tested my blood sugar level, which turned out to be at 480 mg/dL. I was scared. I felt like I was going to die.

Had you heard of the illness before?

I had heard of Diabetes before but was not familiar with all that it entailed.

What changed for you after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

My physician discussed with me changes in my diet that were important and I also began taking medication. I took the medication for a month but it was $300 per month so I decided to focus on changing my diet.

What did you change about your diet?

I cut out sugars and carbs from my diet. I also began to make a natural “medication” for diabetes. This was a juice that consisted of a handful of baby spinach, a celery stick, parsley, ginger, pineapple, curcumin, one apple, aloe vera, and water. I also now include beets. I drink this every morning and I have been able to control my diabetes by making dietary changes.

Where do you go for support?

My family and friends – they have been very supportive of the changes that I had to make in my life to remain healthy.

What role can PeerHealth have?

Peer Health is great in that I can share recipes and beneficial health articles regarding diabetes with others from around the world. It is nice to know that I am not alone.

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