“I start the day with a 2km brisk walk then [do] 30 minutes of stretching exercises”
Fred Beadle, 73, type 2 diabetes
Dayton retiree Fred Beadle was “shocked” when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2004.
But he has been able to make significant changes to his lifestyle to keep his diabetes in check. This involves taking his medication, exercising daily and spending time in his garden.
“I start the day with a 2km brisk walk then [do] 30 minutes of stretching exercises” he says.
He then spends 65 minutes gardening. His days are kept full with shopping, doctor’s appointments and looking after his great grandchildren before relaxing in front of the TV in the evening.
In December, Fred completed a workshop double header, attending a ShopSmart and MonitorSmart on the same day.
ShopSmart taught him how to read food labels to eat healthier and MonitorSmart has helped him use his blood glucose meter more effectively. Fred has never attended a DESMOND but is considering it.
He hopes one day there will be a cure for all types of diabetes.
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