Diabetes

The Hard Truth About Life After Diabetes Foot Complications (And How to Prevent Them)

It’s either you or the foot.”

I could hear the doctor’s words echo in the room, but I couldn’t quite comprehend them at the time.

Sitting next to my hospital bed, my mom let out a sob. She squeezed my hand and told me I was going to be okay…

My name is Brooke, and it’s been a little over a year since I lost my right foot to diabetes. And just as my mom said back then, I am a thousand times better off today (as hard as that is to believe).

My type 2 diabetes is under control. My A1C is down from a solid 7.4 to 5.6. I’m over 50 pounds lighter. And I’m much healthier, happier, and stronger than I was that day at the hospital.

Diabetes complications are not a given, and they can be prevented. As someone who’s been affected by them, I now understand that better than ever.

But it wasn’t always like that…

Brooke

When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I didn’t take it too seriously.

I tried to diet more strictly but fell off the wagon pretty quickly because all those diets were impossible to stick with. One cheat meal turned into a cheat day, which turned into a cheat week… until I didn’t pay much attention to what I was eating or drinking.

Not because I didn’t care. But mostly because I struggled to understand my meals and didn’t really know what to eat or not…

Hearing all the time that I needed to “eat healthily” and “exercise” didn’t really help. Most doctors talked about a “balanced lifestyle” as something incredibly easy to achieve.

Cut down carbs. Eliminate sugar. Eat smaller meals throughout the day. Exercise five times a week for 30 minutes. Feel motivated no matter what…

But for most of us, that’s incredibly far from reality.

What if I tend to overeat? Have sweet cravings and a late-night snacking habit? Or have no time to cook every day?

And so, I failed to make the lifestyle changes my GP advised. I didn’t watch my blood glucose levels as carefully as I should’ve.

Even though my doctor warned me about the complications of elevated blood sugar levels, I ignored the signs I should’ve listened to – until it was too late.

I thought complications from diabetes were something that happened to other people. I convinced myself – mostly out of fear-based denial – that none of this could or would happen to me.

But I was wrong.

I stubbed my toe at work one day but didn’t think much about it. I told myself I’d heal – I always had before.

But my blood sugar began to climb – a sign of poor control and infection.

Over the next week, it turned for the worse. By the time I got to the ER, I had a 105ºF fever, my blood sugar was through the roof, and my toes seemed to be a darker shade of color.

The nurse looked at me and asked if I had diabetes. When I nodded yes, what she said sounded reassuring at first:

I’ve seen much worse. We’ll clean you up and you should be OK.

However, a couple of hours later, I was in surgery. After a 4-hour operation, I was left with only one foot.

I had to stay in the hospital for weeks after that, healing and learning how to walk again. I spent every moment recalculating my balance. It almost felt like an ironic metaphor – how all of this was about the “balanced lifestyle” that seemed so hard to achieve before.

Only this was a hundred times more difficult.

Not only in the physical sense. I’ve had to get used to my friends and family perceiving me as fragile. I was self-conscious about my body – in a whole different way from when my only problem was carrying some flab around my belly. The loss of independence was hard to accept.

Imagine how heartbroken I felt when I watched everyone have fun while longing to participate in activities together with my family. Yet, I was forced to sit on the sidelines, feeling like my life was simply passing me by.

You don’t realize how valuable something is until it’s gone – I know better now.

My doctor told me I was lucky it didn’t progress to something even more serious. Before all this, I didn’t know that poorly managed diabetes could lead to nerve damage, making it difficult to feel pain, cold, or heat in your feet.

And as I’ve come to learn personally, even a small thing can lead to a big issue – if unattended to.

My doctor told me I had to lose weight, monitor my blood sugar, and eat better to avoid serious complications in the future. And even then, it sounded like no easy task.

Between tracking my BG levels, keeping up with medications, watching what I ate and drank all the time, managing my calories and macros – I felt overwhelmed. Nor did I know if I was doing everything right.

But I didn’t want to become even more confined in my body. To have no luxury to explore new places and try new adventures. Not be able to be there for my family and enjoy life. To be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

Before signing me out of the hospital, my doctor recommended this new, all-in-one diabetes management solution that I can now firmly say saved my life – and made controlling diabetes 10 times easier and more effective.

It was called Klinio. It wasn’t a regular, one-size-fits-all approach you usually see with other diabetes diets and treatments. To help you lose weight and maintain healthy blood sugar levels, professional nutritionists and diabetes specialists create a fully personalized meal plan based on your diabetes type, age, weight, eating preferences, health conditions, and so on.

All I had to do was take a simple quiz and answer a few routine questions about myself.

At first, I was skeptical… but I had a lot more to lose than just one foot. So, I signed up for the Klinio plan.

Just 3 months in, I could already see the difference – in my weight, blood sugar, and health.

Brooke

I lost nearly 30 pounds in the 3 months since I first started – and now, over a year later, I can barely recognize myself in the mirror.

My A1C is down to a healthy level. Instead of having extreme spikes, I no longer struggle to control my blood sugar levels. And the threat of further diabetes complications is long in the past.

My family no longer sees me as fragile and incapable – and while it’s definitely not the same, I’ve even managed to take part in all those fun family activities.

When I first signed up for Klinio, I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to avoid cravings. That I wouldn’t be able to stick with it and stay consistent.

But months flew by with no setbacks. I didn’t feel deprived or restricted like when I tried dieting before – no cravings, hunger pangs, or those awful sugar highs and lows.

The meal plan is incredibly easy to follow and stick to because all the hard work has been done for me.

With 10,000+ custom-fitted recipes and daily menus, I know exactly what to eat to keep my blood sugar stable. I can easily swap ingredients to generate new recipe variations in the app – and there isn’t anything I don’t like because they let me include my fave foods. They even prepare weekly grocery lists, so I don’t have to worry about food at all.

This is by far the easiest, most effective way of eating I’ve ever experienced – and it probably gave me a second chance at life.

I’m learning to manage my diabetes with a broader view of everything happening in my body. I understand why I was struggling and feel confident in my decisions now. I’ve found a way to lose weight consistently and keep my body healthy. I’m no longer scared of diabetes complications.

I feel free.

If only I’d known what I do now, I might’ve spared myself years of mismanagement – and I’d probably still have my right foot.

So what makes Klinio so effective? Here’s my honest opinion.

It’s a convenient meal plan that does all the work for you

No more guessing about what foods or how much to eat. You get 10,000+ personalized recipes and weekly grocery lists to keep your blood sugar stable and lose weight consistently. You can find all the ingredients at your local grocery store and swap them to get recipe variations you like better. The meals themselves won’t take longer than 15 minutes! Plus, the meal plan adapts to you with time.

It’s an easy solution to kick cravings and manage carbs

I always had a sweet tooth and struggled with cravings. But with Klinio, I no longer feel hungry. Nor do I crave carbs. They give you quick, healthy meals that actually taste amazing and keep you full throughout the day, so you’re not starving or relying on your willpower. It’s not about restrictive dieting but more about helping you find a healthy balance without making you feel deprived.

It’s a plan you can easily stick to and follow consistently

No more unrealistic diets. I feel like I can finally relax and breathe… I no longer need to count calories and macros… Or second-guess which foods are harmful to me and which ones aren’t – they tell you everything! It’s like a personal diabetes coach in your pocket – it keeps you accountable, helps you manage diabetes, prevent complications, and lose weight without making you think much about it.

It automatically monitors your data and tracks your progress

You get full assistance with calculating carbs, sugar, cholesterol, medications, and other metrics. You can also track your weight loss progress to see how far you’ve come. Plus, it’s a great tool when going to your doctor – I simply load the app, and she can see all my daily metrics (and my weekly and monthly average). And there’s 24/7 nutritionist support, too!

Don’t let diabetes complications sneak up on you – choose a healthier tomorrow.

If I could go back in time and tell myself what’s waiting in the future, I’d do so in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately, I can’t.

But you can – you’re one step ahead of me already.

I want to be here a good long while with the foot I’ve still got intact. I had to own up and take responsibility for my health. And if Klinio helped nearly 90% of people like me, it can help you too.

If you’ve been struggling with diabetes, blood sugar, food choices, weight loss, medication, ineffective diets, here’s the good news:

You can get your own personalized all-in-one diabetes management plan today and keep diabetes complications away. Get your numbers to a healthy level. Look – and feel – like the best version of yourself, no matter if you’re newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for 30 years.

Take a 60-second quiz and keep diabetes complications at bay with your own personalized Klinio management plan

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