• Martin family“I gave up an unhealthy lifestyle.”

    After a night of too much holiday partying, Louie Martin woke up with palpitations and a throbbing headache that wouldn’t go away. A blood test showed that he was pre-diabetic. That day changed his life. After doing his research on diabetes, he realized how serious his condition could become if he kept putting off getting a healthy lifestyle. “I decided that I could still do something about it,” he says. “My kids are still young and I want to see them grow up.”

    After seeing a specialist, he changed his eating habits and how he lived. “Now I have to be more responsible with what I do, what I eat, I have to take care of myself,” he shares. “If I get stressed, my sugar goes up, too. Thus I should enjoy the good things in life, which is family. I’m more attuned now to my family and my parents. I make it a point to spend quality time with my family after school. I still work hard but everything has to be done in moderation. I now rest my body and my mind. I exercise. I have to be in shape. I feel better. I am healthier. I have lost 40 pounds since that time. I am happier.”  

    It was an easy choice to make even if it required a lot of discipline because Louie did it for his family. “My dream is to see my children grow and have their own families. I hope and pray that I live long enough to see that. If you don’t manage your diabetes, it can lead to complications. With that in mind, it’s easier for me to have the discipline and the commitment to really take care of myself. In the past, I took a lot of things for granted: my health, my family. I felt I was Superman, but now I know I can go anytime. Now I live one day at a time, appreciating my health and my family.”

     

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