Woman turns life around after di­a­betes

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Eyes on di­a­betes is the theme of Di­a­betes Aware­ness Week. Be­gin­ning on World Di­a­betes Day Mon­day, Novem­ber 14, the week is fo­cused on eyes as one of the or­gans af­fected by the dis­ease.

How­ever, di­a­betes is a threat to many other body parts.

That’s what Palmer­ston North’s Waima¯ rama Freeman dis­cov­ered in Fe­bru­ary when she learned she had di­a­betes.

The di­ag­no­sis came fol­low­ing a visit to the fam­ily doc­tor where the 33-year-old had de­scribed los­ing 10kg and drink­ing three to four litres of water a day.

‘‘My mum, dad, and gran all have di­a­betes. The amount of junk I’ve eaten – cho­co­late and the sweet­est cakes from the bak­ery – no won­der I’ve got di­a­betes,’’ Freeman said.

When Freeman and her part­ner Ha­ley Kereama at­tended the Manawatu¯ Horowhenua Tararua Di­a­betes Trust self-man­age­ment classes, they were made aware that com­pli­ca­tions caused by di­a­betes af­fect eyes, heart, cir­cu­la­tion, kid­neys, and can lead to am­pu­ta­tions.

‘‘I was shocked. I’d never heard bad sto­ries about los­ing sight or legs be­cause of di­a­betes be­fore.’’

Oth­ers in the classes added to the im­pact with their sto­ries.

‘‘When you see some­one in your class who hasn’t man­aged their di­a­betes and had a heart at­tack, it makes you re­alise how real it is.’’

Fam­ily sup­port be­came vi­tal. Freeman’s whole fam­ily changed how they shopped, cooked, and what they ate.

‘‘My part­ner was the one mak­ing me take it se­ri­ously. We cut out all the sug­ary snacks, pro­cessed foods, and pud­dings.’’

She also adopted the mes­sage of 30 min­utes ex­er­cise a day.

‘‘I love walk­ing. It’s al­ways in my head, 30 min­utes a day from the classes.It makes me feel re­ju­ve­nated’’.

While the steps she took have turned things around, Freeman is con­tin­u­ing to learn about how to pro­vide her­self and her fam­ily with healthy food and life­style choices.

While di­a­betes is at present in­cur­able, it can be con­trolled, and those with the dis­ease can lead a full and ac­tive life.

Mem­bers of Di­a­betes Manawatu will be at 130 The Square by Num­ber One Shoes to­day and Fri­day be­tween midday and 2pm to an­swer any ques­tions about di­a­betes and re­lated con­di­tions.

Waimarma Freeman, sec­ond from left with her part­ner Ha­ley Kereama and her whanau’s six chil­dren shortly be­fore she was di­ag­nosed di­a­betic.

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