Men and women discuss the balance of home life, work and type 2 diabetes

Pragya Narang, a woman with type 2 diabetes, recently watched as her family members indulged in a high-fat celebratory dinner, while she sat consciously counting the carbohydrates in everything that she planned to eat.

The 24-year-old Indian woman told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that she has worked hard to balance all the aspects of her life and type 2 diabetes, and she doesn't plan on throwing off her good track record by eating fried food.

She explained to the newspaper that she was elated to receive a score of 6.7 on her last hemoglobin A1c test, which accounts for blood glucose levels over the previous six months. Her number was far from a 12, which would indicate that she was at high risk for experiencing diabetic complications.

Narang told the news provider that she takes four insulin shots daily, eats fiber-rich meals and engages in regular exercise, even outside of her physically active job.

Satender Kumar Singh, a 53-year-old with type 2 diabetes, explained to the news source that the prospect of having to take daily insulin injections has encouraged him to adhere to his strict diet.

"I carry my lunch with me, don't take sugar in tea, avoid non-vegetarian and oily food, try to eat low-calorie healthy food like salads, vegetable stew and steamed cuisines when I am going out for official lunch or dinners," he said.

Although Singh commutes two hours to and from work, he told the WSJ that he wakes up at 4 a.m. to take a walk and do yoga, so that he can spend time with his family later in the day.

The National Institutes of Health recommends that people with type 2 diabetes maintain a consistent diet by eating the same amounts of food at regular times each day. While weight loss has been associated with improvements in type 2 diabetes symptoms, the organization encourages individuals to regularly engage in physical activity. This is because exercise can decrease insulin resistance, even if it does not help people shed a substantial number of pounds.