Stories from the diabetes community

A grandfather, happily holding his grandchild in his arms.
Fighting diabetes - Making a dream a reality
January 30, 2023
Taimoor is a 64-year-old type 2 diabetic. His disease and anger created a gap between him and his family. But he fought his diabetes and got back his happiness.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
Two people riding motorcycles up a mountain pass.
Going on adventures as a diabetic
January 23, 2023
Hira is a type 1 diabetic and keen adventurer. Here's what she's learned about how to trek and travel since her diagnosis, and how she stays safe and active.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
Exercise
A doctor examining a patient's wrist, which is in a splint.
How diabetic neuropathy led to my diabetes diagnosis
January 16, 2023
Amna had tingling in her hands. She went to see her doctor and was diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy. That's when she learned she was a type 2 diabetic.
Type 2 diabetes
Tips & tricks
A patient lying in a hospital bed, with intravenous lines and a pulse monitor attached.
How diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) saved my life
January 9, 2023
Hira is a type 1 diabetic who was misdiagnosed as type 2. Given the wrong medicine she went into diabetic ketoacidosis and was hospitalised. DKA saved her life.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
Exercise
A logbook sitting beside a cup of coffee.
Mastering diabetes with my doctor and dietitian
January 3, 2023
Imran was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 42. He was anxious at first, but with the help of his doctor and dietitian he's now mastered his diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes
Diet
Exercise
An elderly couple walking together through a park.
Managing type 1 diabetes, with the support of my spouse
December 26, 2022
Nasreen was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and then type 1. Her diagnosis changed her life, but with her husband's support she's managed to make it work.
Type 1 diabetes
Diet
2 children play outside, running through fallen leaves.
Keeping diabetes away from my children, as a diabetic mother
December 19, 2022
Amna is a mother of 4 and has type 2 diabetes. As a diabetic, she's worried about her children contracting the disease. So she's taken steps to avoid it.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Diet
Exercise
A diabetic woman wearing a continuous glucose monitor, and injecting insulin.
My experience with a CGM
December 12, 2022
Hira is a type 1 diabetic and keen user of continuous glucose monitors. Here's what she's learned since starting to use a CGM, and how it's changed her life.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
Tips & tricks
Close up of a human eye, which can develop complications from diabetes as the disease causes the lens to enlarge.
Facing kidney, heart and eye problems with type 2 diabetes
December 5, 2022
Ifra's father-in-law was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It led to renal failure, heart problems and eye issues. But he stayed positive, and overcame them all.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Diet
Exercise
A train at Delhi station, getting ready to depart on a trip.
Managing diabetes for 9 years
November 28, 2022
Nabtahil's best friend's mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and it stunned her. But 9 years on she's happy, enjoying her life, and going on solo trips.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Diet
Mental health
A pregnant woman holding her belly. Her hands are in the shape of a heart.
How my sister got through gestational diabetes
November 21, 2022
Rabia's sister developed gestational diabetes. But keeping a positive attitude, and setting targeted diet and exercise goals, helped her get through it.
Gestational diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Exercise
Diet
A pair of knitted baby shoes beside a small plush dog toy.
Going through gestational diabetes, twice!
November 18, 2022
Amna was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her 4th pregnancy. With care and focus she beat it, only to get diagnosed again during her next pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes
An elderly woman, sitting with her hands folded over a cane.
Learning to take care of my diabetic grandmother
November 14, 2022
Aliyan is the primary caregiver for his grandmother, a type 2 diabetic. Looking after her is hard, but he's worked out strategies to help her stay healthy.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
A man watching the sunrise, his arms spread wide.
Fighting diabetes to secure my wonderful life
November 11, 2022
In his early 20s, Shehzad was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was overcome by despair. Then he picked himself up, made a plan, and beat it for over 25 years.
Type 1 diabetes
Diet
Mental health
A broken drinking glass with shattered pieces spread across the floor.
How negligence with diabetes treatment caused serious health issues
November 7, 2022
Rabia's father is a type 2 diabetic who didn't take his disease seriously. Ignoring his condition caused serious problems though, and his kidneys began to fail.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Diet
Tips & tricks
Bundles of freshly harvested carrots.
Beating diabetes through diet
November 4, 2022
Lubna was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. With the help of a dietitian, within 3 months she lost 11kg, dropped 3 sizes, and got her glucose level under control.
Type 2 diabetes
Tips & tricks
Diet
Loaves of multigrain bread.
Conquering diabetes with diet and a positive outlook
October 31, 2022
Rimsha's mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Her doctor prescribed insulin, but by adjusting her diet she's kept her diabetes at bay without it.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Diet
Mental health
Pieces of aloe vera cut and prepared for eating.
My mother’s journey with diabetes
October 28, 2022
Ifra's mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in her 50s. But by making simple changes to her diet and lifestyle, she's been able to stay healthy and happy.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Diet
A diabetic getting his blood pressure checked by a doctor.
How my grandfather controlled his diabetes
October 24, 2022
Laraib's grandfather was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during a routine heart check-up. But he came up with some simple rules, and managed to control it.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Two plates with mango cut and prepped for eating.
Keeping diabetes in check for 12 years
October 21, 2022
Dania's family member has had diabetes for 12 years. But by following some simple steps she's stayed in good health and can still eat the occasional sweet.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Mental health
Two people going for a jog at dawn.
Diabetes: Not a disease, just a different lifestyle
October 17, 2022
Shahzad is a type 2 diabetic. He believes his diabetes was caused by stress, depression and poor diet. He also believes good lifestyle choices could reverse it.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
Exercise
Diet
A heart, carved into a door.
The effect of diabetes on my mother’s mental health
October 14, 2022
Zeeshan is the son of a type 2 diabetic. He's seen the mental toll the disease can take, and worked out tips to help his mother stay in good mental health.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Mental health
Exercise
A woman putting a bandage on her finger.
Diagnosed with diabetes from a simple cut
October 10, 2022
A slow-healing cut was enough to start a diabetes check for Ele's mother. Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she modified her lifestyle to face it head-on.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Diet
Tips & tricks
A man standing on a weighing scale. The scales show 87kg.
Warding off diabetes for 23 years
September 29, 2022
Amna's family has a history of type 2 diabetes. But by losing weight, her father managed to reverse his diabetes and ward it off for 23 years.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Diet
Exercise
A cup of sweet Indian chai, next to a slice of butter cake and a candle.
Diabetes, forever in the family
September 29, 2022
Swathi's grandmom lost her leg to diabetes, and then her life. Her dad was determined to avoid the same fate and has managed to keep it at bay it for 60 years.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Diet
Mental health
An Indian bride wearing red bridal churas (bangles), her hands covered in mendhi.
Loving my husband through his diabetes journey
September 29, 2022
Rabia's husband was diagnosed with diabetes 10 days before their wedding. Together, they had to quickly learn how to stay positive and manage his disease.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Diet
Exercise
Mental health
A tray of samosas; a fried pastry with a savoury filling.
How a love affair with food and excess work broke my health
September 27, 2022
Sunila's type 2 diabetes was triggered by her love of food and heavy work load. Her diagnosis was the wake up call she needed to take better care of herself.
Type 2 diabetes
Diet
A bottle of poison, sitting on a table.
From poisoning to diabetes, to a healthy life
September 24, 2022
Zahida got diabetes as a side-effect of eating lizard poison. She's since learned how to take care of her health and overcome the challenges life throws at her.
Type 2 diabetes
Tips & tricks
Mental health
Diet
A pair of hands coming together to form a heart.
Diabetes, my best friend
September 19, 2022
Nimra is a type 1 diabetic who suffers from psoriasis and other health issues. But despite her challenges she's learned to love her diabetes, and herself.
Type 1 diabetes
Tips & tricks
Mental health
A hand reaching out for the sun.
How my father lives a healthy life with diabetes
September 19, 2022
Zeeshan is the son of a type 2 diabetic. His father has worked out tips & tricks to help manage his disease, and live a healthy life with diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes
Family
Tips & tricks
Mental health
Exercise

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