It's Personal
Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Since my diagnosis, I’m amazed I’ve been able to tackle all these challenges head on.

In 2006, Jim Prodafikas was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

“I remember feeling really tired, thirsty, achy, and just in a bad mood – just not myself. These were signals that something was going on inside me. One day, my wife said, ‘Jim, you’re not yourself. It’s time to go see a doctor and see what’s going on.’”

As a physician, I’ve seen many patients struggle to deal with diabetes, so I see the importance of bringing treatments to market so that patients have more choices.

– Eseng Lai, M.D., Ph.D, Scientific AVP, Diabetes & Endocrinology Clinical Research, Merck Research Laboratories

This is JIM’s story

Diabetes And Exercise

Regular exercise is an important part of an individualized diabetes treatment plan and may help people with type 2 diabetes reach their A1C (average blood glucose level over the past 2-3 months) goal.

In addition to improving A1C, regular exercise may have several benefits:

Lowers blood glucose

Helps you lose or maintain weight

Reduces risk for heart disease and stroke

Relieves stress

Remember to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your exercise routine.


Worldwide, 1 in 11 adults has diabetes

1 in 2 adults with diabetes is undiagnosed

As many as 629 million people worldwide may have diabetes by 2045, if trends continue