November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In an effort to shed light on this condition, I interviewed practice member, Ms. Charlotte, who is taking control of her diagnosis through diet and exercise. Through her active involvement in her care, she is on the road to reversing the devastating condition.

Here’s her story. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death amongst the United States. Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2) is caused by the inability to for the body to regulate blood glucose levels through proper insulin secretion. After each meal, the pancreas releases insulin to lower glucose levels after the consumption of carbohydrates.

Common Risk Factors:
Sedentary Life Style
Excess Abdominal Fat
Certain Medications
High Blood Pressure
Hormonal Conditions

What is a typical meal for you?

For lunch, I eat a green leafy salad, with tomatoes, cumbers, carrots sometimes plain, sometimes with grilled chicken breast.
For breakfast, Ill eat fresh fruit, almonds, whole wheat toast or hot cereal
For dinner, Ill do grilled or baked chicken, quinoa and lots of veggies

How do you get in your exercise?

I walk for at least 30 minutes per day. The pavilion at my job is approximately 7 miles so I walk the area each day for at least 30 minutes.

The holidays are coming up. This is a time where many will give themselves room to have their favorites. What are your plans?

This year for thanksgiving, Im going to introduce my family to a new way of expericing their favorite dishes. To substitute the carbs, I’m going to utilizes vegetables. I previously made mashed cauliflower for dinner and it was delicious. I boiled it and blended it down with seasoing. It was so good. We will do the mashed cauliflower and macaroni and cheese without the white pasta. Im thinking of using quinoa pasta or artichokes.

Are there any additional changes you have made?

I have increased my intake of water.
I plan on being here for as long as I can. If I don’t have to be on the medication, then Im going to do everything I can to help my body be better.

For most, this condition is reversible and optimal health levels can be achieved with a little work and consistency.

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