Treating Diabetes with Non-Insulin Injections: A Second Chance


David Freudenthal

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David Freudenthal, 64, lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife.

I’ve worked as a nurse for over 25 years, treating patients in the emergency room (ER), the intensive care unit (ICU), hospice and now, in their own homes. I help people manage chronic conditions. Despite my background in healthcare, believe it or not, I’m a less than perfect patient. I ate a lot of food that I knew was bad for me. I gained a lot of weight and I developed type 2 diabetes as a result of my poor diet.

The official diagnosis came a little over five years ago, when I went to the doctor to get a glycohemoglobin test, or HbA1c, which measures average blood glucose levels over the past three months. For someone without diabetes, a healthy A1C is less than 6%. Well, mine was 12%.

Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes can change your entire world, but with the right tools and education, diabetes can help you live a healthier and fuller life.

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