Learning You Have Type 2 Diabetes the Hard Way

A man finds out in the ER he has Type 2 Diabetes

Samuel was an English gentleman hailing from London. Close to 10 percent of the U.S. population, more than 30 million people, live with diabetes. Five years ago, Samuel was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He now manages diabetes by taking lisinopril (an ACE inhibitor) and glipizide (similarly to metformin, it controls blood sugar), he also goes on hour-long walks every morning at 6:30 a.m. to keep his A1c at his comfort number of 5.5. It has not always been this way for Samuel as he was diagnosed abruptly in the ER.

“The night I went into diabetic shock, I remember five hours previously to that. I was finishing up at work and ate the rest of the chocolate cake that was leftover from my daughter’s birthday party. She just turned eight. And then I got home that night and downed a few beers. My wife looks at me and goes, ‘You’re not making any sense to me, Sam …’ I was like jibber jabbering and hallucinating.”

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