It was 12 years ago when Scott Fine was diagnosed with type two diabetes. “I went to my doctor I started on medication and he told me I needed to change my food habits and start exercising. I didn’t comply. I was very non-compliant at the time. So, I struggled for the last 12 years.”
Last December, after another visit to the emergency room for high blood sugar, Scott had a wakeup call and decided it was time to make some lifestyle changes. “I said ok I think I’m ready now. The nurse told me Lee Health Solutions has a class that you can take and you really need to take it. So I called and I enrolled and that was the beginning of something really great in my life.”
The diabetes program is a three day class explaining how diabetes affects the body and how patients can manage their diabetes through medication and healthy lifestyle changes. “We try to paint a broad picture of how to make healthy choices. We teach reading food labels, we talk a little bit about carb counting, we always have to talk about fats in the diet, and we try to paint a broad picture of what it is to eat healthy,” said Sharon Tilbe, a diabetes coordinator at Lee Health.
Just four months after the class Scott lost 26 pounds, and for the first time in 12 years, his blood work is in the normal range. “My food habits have totally changed. I’m eating all good stuff now. No more Oreos and fast food and bad stuff. I’ve started exercising. I do about an hour to an hour and half a day of exercise,” said Scott.
The class teaches exercises, meal planning, and how to improve blood sugar levels. “It was hard at first, but I found the way, and that’s because of Lee Health Solutions,” said Scott.
The diabetes program can give anyone living with type two diabetes a better quality of life.
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