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Thursday, June 30 2011, 02:13 PM CDT

MADISON (WMSN) -- Nearly 100,000 adults are living with a form of diabetes in Wisconsin, but don't know it.

Experts at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo say the best way to control it is to eat right.

"I was 9 when I was diagnosed, we didn't carb count. Back then you didn't test your blood," said Janet Kindschi, who is living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Thirty-four years later, Janet Kindschi is learning with the help of experts, how to make sure she's the healthiest she can be, living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Janet's pancreas doesn't produce insulin -- which regulates her blood sugar levels. A pump does it for her. That's not all that keeps her healthy.

"I try to walk three times a week, roughly two miles a night. I love walking," said Kindschi.

Her certified diabetes educator showed Janet how controlling your diet and exercise can play a huge role in your health.

"People who have really high blood sugar tend to be tired and fatigued and that's because their energy is in the blood stream -- not in the cells," said Melanie Mielke, Certified Diabetes Educator at St. Clare Hospital.

"What I eat and how much I exercise affects how much insulin I'm taking," said Kindschi.

Registered Dietitian Rene Walters says everyone needs to focus on portion control, eating from three different food groups each meal.

"We can help with meal plans, help manipulate recipes and we're great at troubleshooting," said Registered Dietitian Rene Walters at St. Clare Hospital.

For Janet -- living with Type 1 Diabetes has been a lifelong journey. She can tell eating right and exercise has made a huge difference.

"This is a disease you can take control of," said Janet.

If you'd like to learn more about how to check for signs of diabetes, click here.

Diet, exercise helps control diabetes

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