I'm 62 and both my mother and grandmother (her mother) had type 2 diabetes and died because of it. However, they didn't have personal blood sugar meters at that time (I believe.) but today we can see what our readings are immediately and that is wonderful. This is why I suggested that you get one somehow. If you're on Medicare, I believe you can get one free but please look into this because I'm not familiar with that coverage. Anyway,
if you can create a little exercise program for yourself, even if for 10 minutes at a time a couple of times a day, you will help yourself a lot. One thing we sometimes don't think about
is toning up our muscles. Women are especially weak in upperbody and just spending some time strengthening our arms and back can have great effects on our health. Muscles use up glucose in our blood (which is a good thing!), so the more muscle you have the better control of that is. As long as your doctor gives the OK then you can start with little dumb bells and if you don't want to buy them, you can put a couple of canned food cans in a bag and lift them. Be creative.
If you cannot walk for long periods of time because of the COPD, try just a few minutes at a time, or marching in place in your home during every commercial if you watch TV.
Keep a journal. A journal of what you eat for meals and what kinds of activity you do and what your blood sugar is This is important for you to understand how your lifestyle affects your blood sugar.
Don't worry. You're not alone. I'm glad you found us!