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Jaya Prakash, Type 2 diabetes, US (03:24)

Meet Jaya who applies lot self-discipline to his type 2 diabetes management. Jaya’s approach to managing his diabetes is an inspiration to those around him. Not only to his family – who see his determination as an inspiration, but also to the many new patients he mentors.

Jaya’s story
Jaya was born in India in 1943 and spent his childhood there before leaving for Europe in the mid 1960s. His work eventually led to his moving to the USA where he worked as an electrical engineer and a consultant.

In the kitchen of Jaya and wife Madhavi’s house hangs a two metre long panoramic photograph of MG Road in Bangalore. The picture is taken in the sixties and shows amusing details of Indian street life in that era. What is not obvious is that the picture is patched together from several smaller photos Jaya took himself in India. Fifty years later, after retiring as an electrical engineer, Jaya used his computer to assemble these photos into one image, which took him three months, adding and removing details to make the picture complete.

This perfect collage is an indication of Jaya’s immense self-discipline. Which he has also applied to his diabetes management. Jaya’s approach to managing his diabetes has been an inspiration to those around him. Not only to his family – who see his determination as an inspiration to the rest of them, but also to the many new patients he mentors.

“This is a chronic debilitating disease. I sometimes suggest to new patients that they should try closing their eyes and walking around the house to see if they like being blind – because without control that could be what they become.”

Jaya had a triple cardiac bypass at a relatively young age, but through courage and determination he recovered quickly. Today, Jaya is determined to enjoy his retirement, without letting diabetes destroy it. His fear is to lose his eyesight and thereby missing out on the experiences he has planned; restoring old photos and old recordings of Indian music. He feels confident that his determination, strict diet and regular exercise will ensure that his diabetes will not take control of his life.

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