Support for Diabetes

Date: 2020-01-11 21:06:37

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When Lori Santillo started noticing symptoms of fatigue and constant thirst, she knew something was wrong. Lori’s doctors diagnosed her with type two diabetes. “It was very upsetting to me. I thought my life is over.”

Patients who have an A1C of 6.5 or higher or a fasting glucose of 126 or higher are considered diabetic.

“Coming down here from Minnesota, you feel like you’re on vacation, so you have to do the cocktails, and the mojitos and margaritas, and there’s just so much sugar in all that, and that was my downfall,” said Lori.

To gain a better understanding of her new diagnosis, Lori enrolled in the Lee diabetes care management program. “A lot of what you do every day and the choices that you make affect your diabetes, so if you don’t know, it’s very hard to control,” said Annette McClenahan, diabetes coordinator with Lee Health.

The class teaches what foods to eat and avoid, how to read a food label and the importance of physical activity and stress management. “People realize I can do this! I have the control,” said McClenahan.

Just three months after receiving her diagnosis, Lori lost 30 pounds, and her A1C dropped from 14 to 6.2. “I have more energy. I’m drinking more water than I ever have, and I owe it all to the class, I really do,” she said.

A program designed to empower people to manage their diabetes.

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