Haywood Bostic, 50
As a physical education teacher, I was shocked when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I thought I was eating right, exercising enough–and was too young to get diabetes.
After I was diagnosed, I went to a nutritionist. She explained what portions I should be eating at every meal, and how I should have more green vegetables than meat on my plate.
I've become more aware of what I need to stay away from. If I eat two pieces of pizza, or cornbread, my sugar shoots up. I stay away from fried foods, eat lots of salads, and grill my food–it tastes better, and it's better for you. I watch the portions on my plate, and I've become a label reader.
I stick to a morning routine to manage my diabetes. As soon as I wake up, I test my sugar, and then take my medicines. My family is part of my routine, as well. They make sure that I take my medicines and have diet drinks or water.
My job helps me manage my diabetes, too. When the kids are running, I run. When they exercise, I exercise. I also tell them how important it is to eat the right foods to avoid becoming overweight and diabetic.
My advice for others with diabetes is to stay on top of it, go to the doctor regularly, and take your medicines on time. Don't take diabetes for granted!