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Angela Lee, 37
Caregiver

Angela, a friendly, well-spoken woman from Singapore, understands the challenges that face people living with diabetes. Not only is she helping both her husband and mother manage their diabetes, she has had gestational diabetes herself.

For Angela, the key to better management is in understanding how food and activities affect a person with diabetes. Which is why she encourages her husband and mother to test blood sugar levels regularly.

In fact, during her pregnancy, Angela and her husband would test after every meal. "We both reacted differently," she recalls. "Some foods affected him and not me, other times I'm affected and he’s not."

The couple explore the internet, read books and speak to their doctor to learn how to maintain their current lifestyle.

With her mother, she takes a slightly different approach as after 15 years, complications had started to appear. But change doesn't come easy.

She finally persuaded her mother to start testing, with a OneTouch Ultra about 4 years ago. Recently, despite being hospitalised when her kidneys started to fail, Angela's mother was unwilling to use insulin. Without it her condition would have worsened and created more complications.

Fortunately with constant support and guidance, Angela finally overcame her mother's initial resistance. Now, the insulin has helped her mother stabilize her condition and more regular testing assist with better monitoring.

When it comes to food, Angela often has to make the choices, "she doesn't really read the labels, and even when she does, Mum doesn’t really know about carbohydrates; sucrose, fructose, glucose."

While many others might have been discouraged, Angela holds an optimistic view, "You have to be positive, tell yourself that you have to adjust your lifestyle to make things happen."

   
 

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