DJ, 15, has been living with diabetes for 11/2 years. In this video, he talks about the things that have surprised him about having diabetes, like how he enjoys fruit and vegetables more than the sugary, high-carb foods he once ate.
He also talks about how the steps he's taken to change his diet and get more exercise have helped his family make healthier choices too!
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