Healthy Balance Improves Patient Lifestyle
March 02, 2018
I was assigned a patient with Type II diabetes who had recently stopped all his medications and opted to try diet only to control his blood sugar. Unfortunately, he did not follow through with diet and exercise changes and his A1C increased to 12% (well above target range of < 7%).
During office visits and phone calls, I educated the patent and emphasized the importance of taking diabetic medications, following a diabetic diet and exercising. Through encouragement and with my guidance, the patient also met with a nutritionist and began making healthy diet changes and started exercising 3-5 times a week. The family also began to make lifestyle changes and supported the patient in his healthy eating choices.
After 3 months of taking medications, eating healthier and exercising, the patient‘s A1C dropped from 12% to the goal range of 6.9%.