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David Lim, 53
Type 2 Diabetes

Growing up in a family with a history of diabetes, David Lim knew that he was at risk. So when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes soon after his leaving school, he was prepared. "I was already quite familiar with the kinds of food and drink to take."

Now, over 25 years later, this hearty man continues to live a rich and fulfilling life with his wife and son. David puts it down to managing his diabetes well. Keeping tabs on his blood sugar level is the first step, he asserts, "I actually do my test every day."

Up to the last 3 years, David relied on oral medication to manage his blood sugar levels. Recently he started using insulin as well.

Being able to monitor and control his blood sugar well is important for David. As a salesperson for industrial machines, many things can cause his blood sugar level to fluctuate. For instance, it’s not unusual to walk 1.5km in the sun from the front gate to the factory floor. Managing his food intake isn't always simple either, as wining and dining clients is part of his job. "During this time, I have to use insulin. That's why I check my glucose every day and every night."

"From my experience, if you don't have a glucose meter sometimes you might feel there's something wrong. But you don't know what." He continues, "Accuracy is very important to me. It has to be accurate, otherwise I'm not sure if I'm measuring the correct thing and I won't know what to do."

Over the years, he has expanded his knowledge of diabetes control significantly by reading up and consulting with his doctor. David recalls, "Actually, from the time there was an internet, it has been like my mentor." He is more than happy to share his knowledge his peers

   
 

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