Taking Control of My Diabetes


Jeff Trotti

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Jeff Trotti

Jeff Trotti is a neuromuscular massage therapist who lives with his wife and children in Atlanta.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2011 when I was 48 years old. One day, I had just finished lunch—which involved a cheeseburger, some french fries, and probably half a gallon of sweet tea—and I came back to work and suddenly felt like I was having a heart attack. My chest tightened up, my left arm was numb, the left side of my face was a little numb: I was sure I was having a heart attack or a stroke.

I had someone drive me to the hospital, and after some testing, the doctor told me it wasn’t a heart attack or stroke. They did some other tests, put me on a saline IV and left me in a room for a little while. After about an hour, a nurse came in and said, “You know, you’re supposed to tell us if you’re diabetic.” And I said, “I’m not diabetic.” And she said, “Oh, you are diabetic.”

So that’s how I found out I had type 2 diabetes. The average person should have a blood sugar reading between 80 and 120 mg/dL. My blood sugar level was 480 mg/dL. Essentially, I was pumping syrup through my veins. My heart couldn’t pump that; that’s why it felt like I was having a heart attack.

Making healthy lifestyle choices is key to managing type 2 diabetes, but it can be hard to stay on track. Dr. Anthony Cardillo explains that focusing on diet, exercise and stress reduction can help you maintain control of your diabetes.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Aug 13, 2015

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