A1C Champion Mary Martin Shares the Importance of Blood Sugar Management
I’ve had the pleasure of featuring so many wonderful A1C Champions and I’m always intrigued and impressed by their unique stories. Today is no exception as I highlight Mary Martin, an A1C Champion whose type 2 diabetes journey began in 1993 at age 57. It wasn’t until a year after her diagnosis, when her daughter convinced her to start seeing a new physician, that she really began to understand the importance of blood sugar management.
“My new doctor talked to me about my A1C, but my previous doctor had never mentioned it,” Mary said. “At that time my A1C was at a 10 and my new doctor was hell-bent on getting it down to a seven or below. As I started lowering my A1C and better managing my blood sugar, I started feeling better and really started to understand why it was so important.”
Exercise and diet were both important elements in blood sugar management for Mary, and her doctor stressed the importance of making small changes to better her health. It encouraged Mary to work toward her A1C goal that she eventually reached, and to become an A1C Champion.
While Mary stresses the importance of blood sugar control in her A1C Champion sessions, she also wants people to know that diabetes doesn’t have to take over your life.
“You can develop a schedule of reminders for your medication and blood sugar checks,” Mary said. “You don’t have to go to the gym to exercise, but can make gardening a part of your fitness routine. You can have special treats as long as you include them in your dietary count.”
Additionally, Mary says it’s also important to develop a support team of family members and healthcare providers because she feels people are often scared when diagnosed with diabetes.
“You have the choice to manage your diabetes,” Mary said. “You’re the only person that can do it, but your family and friends can support you in it.”
Mary’s primary support comes from her husband, Ed, who she married in 2011 after 25 years of dating. “My husband is becoming educated on what to do in case of an emergency,” Mary said. “We have to plan for the outings but we certainly don’t let it control us. Before we leave home my husband always says, ‘You got your medicine? You got your blood sugar machine?’”
It’s so great that Ed is there to help Mary. As challenging as diabetes can be, it sounds like Mary is doing everything she can to take care of her health so it doesn’t consume her life. Thanks to Mary for taking the time to share her story!
All the best,
Disclosures: Mary Martin is a trained volunteer through the Sanofi US A1C Champions Diabetes Education Programs. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewee, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.
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