Sorry it's taken so long to reply, but I was dealing with something else that kept me preoccupied.
Yes, my diabetes is type 2. It's hard to say how I got it under control, as I had to do so a couple times. I was diagnosed in Nov 04, and my blood glucose was very high then. I started taking a medication called Glucotrol and cut back on carbs. I was already going to the gym - I put on a lot of weight after I started having sciatic problems back in the mid-90s, which were misdiagnosed, but had recently found a good gym with a pool. (The gym is full of people of all sizes, shapes, and ages!) The pill dose I took was minimal and I brought it under control in a few weeks.
However, in December, I came down with a cold that became bronchitis by New Years Day and landed me in the hospital with severe asthma by the end of January. It was sort of a vicious circle - the only thing that would open my lungs was prednisone; prednisone makes the blood sugar skyrocket; high blood sugars make one more susceptible to infection. I was waning off prednisone when I came home from the hospital. For the diabetes, I was taking 4 shots of insulin per day along with Glucovance, a stronger pill. When I was able to start working out again, I was able to cut back on meds and when I went back to work, I cut back further still.
Eating right can be difficult...my mom had body image issues and made me her diet buddy when I was about 3 or 4...I spent most of my life binging and starving, and was only beginning to get a handle on it over the last couple years. But I am doing my best and my diabetes control is usually pretty good to very good. I eat a lot more fish, try to eat whole grains, cut back on bad carbs a bit at a time. Try to be active. And to stay well and keep my mood good. It's very hard sometimes, keeping the spirits up. Sometimes I just take a couple days to myself and nap, watch tv, read, and just cuddle with my teddy bear...which is probably something that would be good for anyone
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
...Charles A. Beard