Living with Diabetes: Zahida Khan
Architect-trained Zahida Khan was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as an adult, and has continued to live a full and active life, free of complications, through careful management of the disease.
Zahida Khan, 44, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996 at the age of 31. As both parents and her only sister had diabetes, it did not come as a surprise. Her husband, Naeem, gave her the support she needed to change her life to live with diabetes. With good management of her diabetes, Zahida gave birth to their daughter, Zara, in 1999 making the family complete.
Zahida has struck a good balance between work at a school, family responsibilities, and the management of her diabetes. Being motivated, she reads up on diabetes self-management, lives a healthy life, and enjoys interesting discussions with her doctor. She is constantly busy in her daily life with work, household chores and helping Zara with her school work. The family takes a walk every evening.
Oral diabetes tablets were prescribed at the beginning of her treatment, but she has recently started insulin therapy with two daily injections. Zahida regularly monitors her blood glucose at home and has good glycaemic control. She feels energetic and has no diabetes complications, for which she undergoes an annual screening. The secret of good health despite diabetes, reveals Zahida, is to make health the top most priority, maintain discipline in life, have family support and most of all keep a positive and optimistic outlook in life.