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When Debbie Hundley learned that she was suffering from diabetes and that she was realizing what she was doing to her body, she was determined to make the necessary adjustments to control the disease and to keep it like that.
For Debbie Hundley, the change was gradual. Life is busy. She let things go, and before she knew it, her energy level was at its lowest level.
"I have not paid attention to changes myself," says Debbie, a resident of Barron, Wisconsin. "I did not stop telling people that I was extremely tired, but I was not connecting to anything, I was getting to work and I was saying," I just have the impression to have been drugged. I could barely get up from bed in the morning. "
The mystery was solved at her annual physical exam, says Debbie. "It is at this point that the lab work discovered the diabetes ."
Support for the Improvement of Health
Fatigue is one of the telltale symptoms of diabetes, a condition that affects how the body uses blood sugar. Inactivity and excess weight increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes like that of Debbie
At the time of her physical examination, the results of Debbie's A1C test – a common blood test to diagnose diabetes – were 7.3%. Levels of 6.5 percent or more indicate diabetes. Her doctor quickly put her in touch with Louise Wanner a diabetes educator at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland at Barron . Wanner explained to Debbie the effect that diabetes could have on her body, how to use a blood glucose meter to test blood glucose and what to do if her blood sugar was too high or too high weak
"Debbie decided that she wanted to make some changes, her diagnosis was the instigator she needed to better take care of her, and she did it. . " – Louise Wanner
"Initially, our goals are to raise awareness about what diabetes can do and how it physically affects your body and lifestyle," says Wanner, noting that she meets patients three times with a call. telephone. "Debbie decided that she wanted to make some changes: her diagnosis was the instigator she needed to take better care of herself, and she did it."
Change for good
In a few months, Debbie lost 70 pounds and her A1C rate dropped to 5.3%. She credits her rapid success to a combination of diet and exercise changes, as well as diabetes medications.
"I'm not saying that it's a diet, it's a lifestyle change," says Debbie, who says she feels more energetic and "100% better."
"I eat healthier, I watch the size of my portions, I cut out carbohydrate foods and a lot of sweets." In fact, I've changed my diet to accommodate more choices healthy, "she says. "I have received a lot of support from my family and my colleagues, and it's extremely helpful."
"People say," How are you going to keep it? "But I do not really feel private or it's work, I've kissed it, it's like that, and that's how it's going to stay." – Debbie Hundley
Debbie also integrated exercise into her routines, walking at least two to three times a week. She says she hopes soon to wean herself off some diabetes medications.
"My goal is not to take medicine," says Debbie, who promises to maintain her healthy new habits in the long run.
"People say," How are you going to keep it? "But I really do not feel helpless or that it's work," she says. "I kissed her, that's how it is, and that's how it is it will stay. "
Debbie appreciates Wanner's encouragement and the support she found through Diabetes Education .
"You need it when you start," she says. "It has been very useful, if I have no questions, I will not hesitate to call and ask."