Insider Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life With Diabetes

Who better to provide advice than those who’ve lived with diabetes for years, sometimes decades? Here’s what they learned along the way.

Julie Vecchione DeSimone

Move it
“Most of the medalists exercise regularly,” notes Dr. King. At 76, Carole rides a stationary bike at the gym three days a week. Ken wears a pedometer and tries to get in 10,000 steps a day. “My walks are not intense; I just try to walk at a decent pace.”Why it works: “Exercise is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth,” says Medha Munshi, MD, director of Joslin’s Geriatric Diabetes Clinic. Not only does it improve general health, it aids in managing blood glucose levels.

Keep up-to-date

“Our medalists are always looking for new treatments,” says Dr. King. “Sixty percent are on the insulin pump, versus only 15% to 20% of people who require insulin.”
Why it works:
Advances in diabetes-management technologies, such as insulin pumps and glucose meters, can help diabetes management. Being open to new options can be very important to success.

April 2013