An inside look on what it’s like to live with diabetes

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It’s been about six months since Donna Shonberger was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 

“It was just a routine appointment with the doctor where they did all the blood work,” said Schonberger.

She says up until then she showed no symptoms..

“People think that diabetes is caused by being overweight or not eating healthy, that’s not the case at all,” said Sarah Rimatzki coordinator for the Trinity Health diabetes center for education. 

Donna is one of almost 30 million people in the US who have the disease. She explains that it’s been a journey learning how to manage her diabetes — but she refuses to be another statistic.

If I could help it I’m going to get it under control”. “I don’t have grand kids yet, I have to be around for a long time,” said Schonberger. 

Eating right and exercising is one way she’s been able to do that.

“Some days I can have a little piece of cake, some days I can’t depending on what I’ve had that day,” said Schonberger. 

Nutritional information has made it easier for Donna, but she says it’s hard to eat at local restaurants when their food information isn’t available.

“All types of medical issues have to know the nutritional value so local chain restaurants, I love to support you but I don’t know what I’m eating,” said Schonberger. 

Even though there may be some obstacles she doesn’t let that stop her from living life.

Whether your mom, your friend, the neighbor down the street diabetes is very prevalent here in the United States,” said Rimatzki. 

and the more we know about it the better we can help the 10% of the population who have it.

Genetics, age, gender, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are things that can put someone at higher risk for diabetes.

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